McMaster Open Circle is a diverse and consensus-based community for McMaster students where individuals value, respect, and learn from each other, which in turn creates forums to discuss life, spiritual and societal issues.
With mental Health Awareness Week coming to a close the Student Wellness Centre and Open Circle teamed up on October 10th to hold a meditation circle.
Mental Illness affects 6 million (1 in 5) Canadians and most will not receive help due to a lack of awareness and misconceptions that are often linked to being mentally ill. About 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year, making it the most common cause of death for people aged 15–24. Mental illness is a factor in most suicides and is treatable. Stress can also be a major contributing factor to mental illness, and therefore it is especially important for students to take time to relax and take care of themselves emotionally during highly stressful periods such as during mid-terms and finals. Attending events such as the meditation circle that was held Thursday October 10th can be a great way to relax during such times!
You can get more information about events and counselling at http://wellness.mcmaster.ca/
Written by: Courtney Corbeil, Spoken Word Director