Six new workshops, a part of the GROW@OC program, will equip Okanagan College students with the tools they need to be resilient amid the COVID-19 pandemic. First session takes place Sept. 17, 2020. (Contributed)

Okanagan College expands ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to all students this fall

Wellness Wednesday workshops are designed to be psycho-educational

Okanagan College recognizes that this academic year, taking time for student mental health is more important than ever, which is why a popular wellness resource for students is expanding its offerings for students at all campuses.

Wellness Wednesday online workshops are happening once a month this fall semester, with a special focus on strategies to help students cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative is part of the Flourish Wellness Project, which started at the Penticton campus three years ago, and is expanding this year through the use of technology to include all four campuses.

“Wellness Wednesday workshops are designed to be psycho-educational, which means they will help you to learn about topics related to psychology and how to take care of yourself,” said Sarah Lefebure, a counsellor on the Okanagan College Penticton campus.

“We hope that these workshops will provide a safe place for you to reflect on your own wellness and to feel a sense of connection with others in these isolating times.”

READ MORE: Concerns over mental health loom as B.C. enters fall during COVID-19

Workshops will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the following schedule:

· Sept. 23: Building wellness into your semester

· Oct. 21: Strategies for managing stress

· Nov. 18: Making room for emotions in challenging times

· Dec. 16: Acknowledging growth: what are we learning about ourselves through the pandemic?

The workshops will be led by Lefebure and colleague Samantha Johnson, Counsellor on the Salmon Arm campus.

The free workshops are open to OC students and employees, who can self-register for the Flourish Wellness Workshop Moodle (online learning program). Participants can attend as many workshops as they choose, and are encouraged to have paper and writing implements to take notes and explore the topics being discussed.

For information about the Flourish Wellness Project, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/flourish.

READ MORE: 16 COVID-19 cases reported in Interior Health region


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