She states the campaign’s slogan, “Mental Health Toolbox: Tools for Achieving Balance”, stems from a need to help students strike a balance between physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, and academic needs. Wilder emphasizes that achieving this balance is at the core of students overall well being.
“According to the Canadian Mental health association, mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of ones life. When you’re attending university, adjusting to new a new schedule and juggling many priorities it’s really easy to feel unbalanced and overwhelmed as a student. And they forget to take that time for self care and engaging in activities that might relieve stress and bring joy.” – Andrea Wilder, BCIT Student Association Health and Wellness Manager
Some of the activities offered at Speak Up Speak Out week include a mental health resource fair, stress management workshop, suicide prevention training, and pet therapy.