Hi Trinity College students,
Happy February! We hope you are well. In this messaged (emailed to students) we have outlined some of the upcoming events that the Wellness Team is hosting! We have also listed some on-campus resources that we encourage you to be aware of, and open to connecting with, if you need support! Don’t forget to enter the February Wellness Care Package Giveaway and join the community for the Black History Thought Cafe on March 3.
If you don’t know us already—hello! Trinity has three staff – Ramata, Carae (Rae), and Missy – available to connect and help students with their mental health, wellness, and overall wellbeing. Students can book an appointment for any issue – big or small, academic or non-academic! Students can connect with Ramata, Rae or Missy by email or phone to book a meeting.
Ramata Tarawally (she/her) – Director, Community Wellness
Rae (she/her/they/them) and Missy (she/her) – Community Wellness Coordinators (CWC)
We encourage you to come by, say hello, and stay awhile! Below you can find the times and days the Abbott Room (which is St. Hilda’s) is open.
Winter Abbott Room Schedule:
A great way to connect with others to learn more about mental health and wellness in participate in our awesome and engaging activities! Keep reading to learn more about our upcoming programs.
Would you like to be more calm, confident, and connected? Join free weekly drop-in sessions, here at Trinity College, to practice secular mindful meditation techniques that increase your relaxation and focus.
Stay connected with our teams! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook – @ForTrinStudents – to stay up to date on programs and events at Trinity College and U of T. Both platforms are curated by our student staff!
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. We encourage you to join Trinity College, the University of Toronto, and the Toronto community to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions, and culture of Black Canadians. Below is a list of offerings at U of T and the City of Toronto. The Trinity Wellness team will also be hosting some events that will take place across the month. Additionally, on the @ForTrinStudents Instagram we will be highlighting Black History Month events throughout the month.
The Wellness team is here for you and wants to make sure you are well supported. Feel free to stop by our offices at any time if you have questions or want to connect! We hope to see you out at our events!
Black History Thought Cafe: March 3, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Each year, Black History Month offers us time to collectively reflect on Black heritage past, present and future. As a community, it is essential for us to keep thinking about the ways that we can support Black students’ wellbeing beyond February. More importantly, it is important to find ways to translate these thoughts into action. Join us on Friday, March 3 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the Rigby Room (St. Hilda’s College) to gather as a community to reflect on Black wellbeing within Trinity, the broader university and the Toronto community!
This will be an open-community event, facilitated by Black-identifying U of T community members. Come ready to reflect, share, and learn – we grow as a community when we come together! As a thought café, light refreshments will be provided throughout the event.
The Wellness team will have a few cool contests this month. Access the Trinity Life Quercus page every day from Feb 6 – 10th to answer a fun quiz. Quizzes open at 9:00 AM and close at 11:59 PM daily. Every right answer on the quizzes, counts for 1 entry into the prize draw! Follow us on Instagram (@ForTrinStudents) and check out the Trinity Life Quercus to learn more!
February Wellness Care Package Giveaway
Win a Trinity Wellness package that will be shipped to you directly! February can be a difficult month. We recognize the pandemic may feel never ending and school is busy with term work and exams. We hope you are taking care of yourself and have designed this initiative to encourage you to reflect on your overall wellness and to engage in self-care this semester!
We know it might be difficult to figure out what resources are the right fit for you and what you’re experiencing. We’ve provided with a list of on-campus resources that you can access. If you need support in connect with these resources, or if you have any questions about them, please connect with Ramata, Rae, or Missy!
Health and Wellness – health and mental health support
You can call Health and Wellness and book an appointment for health or mental health care at any time. To make an appointment for health or mental health support follow this link – book an appointment with Health and Wellness. This link directs you to their booking page and has further information on how to book an appointment.
Trinity’s On-site Counsellor
Trinity has an On-site Counsellor – Paula – who is available to connect with Trinity students requiring short term counselling. To book an appointment with Paula, call Health and Wellness – link to book an appointment – and ask for an appointment with Trinity’s On-site Counsellor.
24/7 Phone Counselling Lines
You can also explore counselling over the phone! Here are some numbers and resources:
Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre
The Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre helps and support students, staff and faculty at the University of Toronto who have been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment. The Centre can assist folks to understand, access and navigate supports such as counselling, medical services, academic or workplace accommodations, financial aid and legal aid. The Centre also works to end sexual violence on campus through training and education. We encourage you to reach out to the Centre if you have questions or need support.
Anti Racism and Cultural Diversity Office
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) provides services to support University members in their efforts to foster environments that are intentionally racially diverse and inclusive through the advancement of equitable practices, education and training and the provision of complaints resolution supports on matters of race, faith and intersecting identities as guided by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this message! We wish you the best of luck during the final half of the semester. We encourage you to take care of yourself and reach out to the Wellness team if you need help or support.
Ramata, Rae and Missy
Ramata Tarawally, RN, MN (she/her)
Director, Community Wellness
Dean of Students’ Office
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