Frequently asked questions

What To Do If You Can't Sleep?

Presented by Samantha Dawson, MSc & Jackie Huberman, MSc

This interactive and educational workshop will provide an introduction to insomnia and other common sleep problems. We will review the biological process of sleep and will discuss how managing sleep difficulties can lead to positive effects on mood. Importantly, we’ll review strategies that have been shown to effectively improve sleep fairly quickly, so that you can start sleeping better soon!

How to Support a Friend with Anxiety

Presented by Irene Hong and Chloe Hudson, with Dr. Tess Clifford We’ve all heard of “anxiety”, but what is it? How do you manage it or support an anxious friend? In this interactive workshop, we will review common types of anxiety. We’ll provide effective techniques for coping with anxiety and you’ll have the chance to practice some of them. We’ll also discuss ways that you can help support an anxious friend, including what to say and what not to say.

How to Help a Friend Cope with Sexual Assault

Presented by Robyn Jackowich and Stéphanie Gauvin, with Dr. Caroline Pukall Unwanted sexual experiences are unfortunately all too common. In this workshop, we will review common myths about sexual assault and will present important facts, including what consent is, how to get it, and how to give it. We’ll discuss the impact sexual assault can sometimes have on mental, physical, and emotional well being, including the wide range of responses different people may have. Importantly, we’ll review ways to support a friend who discloses they’ve been sexually assaulted – what to say, what not to say, how to check in, and how to recognize your limits. We’ll be sure you leave the workshop with immediate and long-term resources, so that you and/or your friend are not alone.

Coping with Big Emotions: How to Help a Friend Deal with Tough Emotional Experiences

Presented by: Nicole Bardikoff, Kalee DeFrance, & Vanessa Schell, with Dr. Tom Hollenstein Emotions are ubiquitous. We are always experiencing some level of emotion yet, due to social demands, we also try to regulate our emotions. Many of us struggle with emotion regulation, however, which can have negative mental health outcomes. In this interactive workshop, we will present techniques that have been found to effectively help people become more aware of their emotional experiences and develop successful regulatory practices. We’ll discuss the upsides and downsides of emotions and will review ways to build resources to help yourself or a friend through tough emotional times.

Depression: Myths, Facts, & Strategies for You or a Friend

Presented by Katherine Holshausen, Melissa Milanovic, and Tanya Tran, with Dr. Su Buchanan In this workshop, we will debunk common myths about depression. We’ll review various manifestations of depressive symptoms and research findings about the prevalence of depression and effective treatments. Importantly, we will provide an overview of some helpful coping strategies for depression and we will practice some of these together. Through this interactive workshop, you will also learn strategies for supporting a friend with depression, including what to say, what not to say, and what resources are available to them.

How to Support a Friend with an Eating Disorder

Presented by Amanda Shamblaw and AuthenticallyU, with Dr. Su Buchanan In a culture that promotes healthy eating and dieting, how do you know when things have gone too far? In this interactive and educational workshop, we will review different types of eating disorders. We’ll discuss signs of disordered eating, its effects on the body and mind, and strategies for supporting a friend with an eating disorder, including how to open dialogues. We will also provide an overview of available treatments and resources, which you can use or provide to a friend in need.

On Living with Depression

The Science and Experience of Being and Caring for Someone with Depression Presented by: Dr. Kate Harkness and Mateya Dimnik Depression is a common experience for Canadians. It can be debilitating. It can be isolating. It is often misunderstood. In this talk, we’ll explore the science and experience of depression. We’ll answer common questions, as well as some you may not have even thought to ask: What exactly is depression? What does it look like, feel like? How can it be treated? What’s the latest research? And what can you do to support someone living with depression? Join us for an illuminating and thought-provoking presentation and discussion!