Royal Roads lights up purple for mental health

Royal Roads University will “light up purple” once again in honour of World Mental Health Day Oct. 10 to create more awareness, attention and support for mental health, mental illness and mental wellness.

This year’s World Mental Health Day theme is suicide prevention.

Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. On this year’s World Mental Health Day Oct. 10, everyone is encouraged to take 40 seconds of action toward the prevention of suicide.

Whether people are struggling themselves, know someone who is, or want to show public support, each 40-second action will help:

  • Improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem
  • Improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide
  • Reduce the stigma associated with suicide
  • Let people who are struggling know that they are not alone

More ideas for 40 seconds of action from the organizers of World Mental Health Day.

Royal Roads events

Oct. 1 To 11: PASSPORT TO WELLBEING

Royal Roads community members are invited to complete the passport to wellbeing to be entered to win one of three prizes. 

This passport will encourage you to take care of yourself, take care of others and learn more about mental health.

Visit the event page to download a passport. Complete nine of 12 items and submit to the Healthy U Team by Friday, Oct. 11 at noon by email or in person at Milward 307.

OCT. 7 TO 11: GRATITUDE BANNERS

All are welcome and encouraged to share something you are grateful for on three gratitude banners:

  • lobby of the Library
  • lobby of the Sherman Jen Building
  • outside Habitat Café

OCT. 8 TO 11: YOGA

Take care of yourself with yoga at the Royal Roads Recreation Centre:

OCT. 9 HEALTHY U: MARVELOUS MUSHROOM TOUR!

Join Royal Roads Gardener Jeff Wright Oct. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. for a trek through the trees.

Did you know that in past years we have discovered over 25 different varieties of mushrooms along our walking trails? If you’re wondering about a mushroom you’ve seen but don’t know much about, feel free to bring a specimen or photo and Jeff will do his best to help you identify it.

RSVP for the fun fungus adventure by email.

Remember to wear appropriate boots for walking in the wet and uneven woods. The tour kicks off in the Sherman Jen Building courtyard.

OCT. 10: LIGHT UP PURPLE

Hatley Castle lights up purple for World Mental Health Day. Enjoy a purple cupcake outside the LIC Centre For Dialogue.

OCT. 10: JEFFREY GLEN PRESENTS "COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS: HOW THINKING ERRORS SHAPE OUR EXPERIENCE"

Jeffrey Glen presents on cognitive behavioural therapy from noon to 1 p.m. at the LIC Centre for Dialogue and livestream.

Do you find yourself stuck in a rut or feeling powerless to change some unhealthy patterns in your life?  Chances are these habits are being influenced by negative self-talk that is full of problematic thinking errors about yourself, your relationships, and ultimately, your future.  Come learn about some of the common pitfalls human beings struggle with, as well as some strategies for creating more fair, evidence-based, and compassionate perspectives that can reduce your stress and empower you to make fundamental changes in your life.

OCT. 10: HEALTH BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO RRUSA STUDENTS

Learn about extended health benefits available to RRUSA students from 1 to 2 p.m. in the LIC Centre for Dialogue.

Workplace wellness

Royal Roads University believes in health promotion, early intervention practices and employee participation that maximizes employee wellbeing.  It recognizes the importance of reducing risks to employees' health and wellness through safe work practices, healthy work environments and offering programs and events that give employees the tools they need to feel, think and live healthier. Read more about workplace wellness.