The fifth Mental Health Awareness Week at the University of Victoria grew from a one-day event because of the number of people who wanted to be involved and gain information.
The week, hosted by UVic Student Mental Health and University of Victoria Students’ Society, runs Jan. 14 to 18 and the message throughout is that mental health is a priority and needs to be discussed openly. Education, relaxation and fun are key components of the week, which features offerings of yoga, massages and meditation instruction.
The week brings together faculty, staff and students with the goal of connecting people and reducing the stigma around mental-health issues.
On Jan. 16, events include two live performances by UVic students — a performance that weaves together personal stories of challenges and triumphs in mental health and a theatre piece.
The feature performance is by Shane Koyczan, whose humour, honesty and willingness to talk about mental health “is exactly what we stand for,” said Alex Sterling, manager of UVic’s office of student life.
Doors for the event open at 4:30, with the performances running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a reception afterward.
Tickets for the event are free, but assigned seating must be reserved through firstname.lastname@example.org.