Wellness Week is recognized by multiple organizations and communities around the world to support all aspects of health. Cape Breton University takes part in Wellness Week and uses it as a time to show students the services that are offered on campus and in the surrounding community for mental and physical well being. It is a time dedicated to inspiring groups and individuals to lead healthy lifestyles, and providing the tools and knowledge needed to recognize and celebrate health, both mental and physical.
CBU’s Wellness Week takes place over a span of five days, with a selection of events centred around student support. This year, it will run from January 29 – February 2, and include events like a craft night, yoga with Breathing Space Yoga Studio and Dodgeball. There will also be information booths on campus each day, showcasing a wide variety of campus and community supports. These services include the Max Bell Centre, CBUSU Women’s Centre and community supports like Willow House.
Wellness Week at CBU also encompasses events and information for Bell Let’s Talk day, which takes place on January 31. For the past eight years, with every text message sent by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell has donated 5¢ towards mental health initiatives. This day helps support open communication, acceptance and bringing mental health into the spotlight.
This year, a group of Bachelor of Arts, Community Studies students will be leading CBU’s Bell Let’s Talk initiative. As part of their efforts to drive conversation and educate our community about mental health, they will be collecting used cell phones as part of Bell’s Blue Box Program. The group will also be handing out Bell Let’s Talk swag items, serving cake, and most importantly, starting conversations with our campus community.