Mental health resources are a tap away

There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

The first semester of a long academic year is coming to a close, but there are supports available for the inevitable stress that comes with it.

Election results show that Liberals stay in power

The prime minister of Canada will remain Justin Trudeau, at least for the time being.

The intensity of the election results kept many individuals within Canada watching until the end of the campaign despite where they are from. 

The numbers of the seats were going up and down between the different parties that were involved in the Federal election. 

Within the first hour and a half, there were only five parties that filled the seats in the House of Commons, which were the Liberal Party, the Conservatives Party, the Bloc Québécois, the New Democratic Party, and the Green Party. 

After the first hour and a half, there was a seat for a third-party organization, which managed to keep the vote until the end of the election campaign. 

The People’s Party did not manage to snag any seats in Ottawa.

The turnout in total came out to be 64.9 per cent and it was a loss of 3.3 per cent. 

The results came out with Liberals having 156 seats, Conservatives having 122 seats, 32 seats for Bloc Québécois, 24 seats for the New Democrats, three seats for Green party and one Independent, Judy Wilson-Raybould. 

The Conservative Party actually beat the Liberals in the popular vote because they had a total of 5,866,327 votes while the Liberals had a total of 5,609,477. 

After a four-hour election results period and the close amount of votes between the Conservatives and the Liberals, CBC declared a Liberal minority government at 2:09 a.m.

Food, hour changes for residence during reading week

Residence dining hall hours have made changes for the fall reading week. 

Reading week for Humber College started Monday and will continue until Friday. Guelph-Humber had its reading week already.

There have been several changes that have been placed upon the hours of the dining hall in residence and the amount of food that they offer. 

The food options include Coyote Jack’s, that sells burgers and fries, while with a couple of extra options from the fridge.

There is also hot food sessions within short periods of time and it opens earlier than it usually is, specific times are not clear.

Many students that remain on the residence over the reading week have noticed that the dining hall has been closing fairly early as of last Friday.

Little did students know, the dining hall hours were provided on paper within the area of the dining hall. 

The hours vary for the rest of this week and will go back to the regular hours on Sunday. 

The dining hall will be open between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Tuesday until Thursday. 

Friday’s hours are from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday’s hours are from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

The regular hours for Sunday begin at 9 a.m. and the hall closes at midnight.

All these changes upset some students, one being a second-year FCSS Guelph-Humber student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“That’s unfortunate,” she said of the changes to residence life.

I know less people are on campus but there are still many students who stay here that don’t have a lot of other options for food, especially those with dietary restrictions,” she added.

A suggestion for students who will be living in residence for the rest of the week is to purchase their own food outside of campus as they will probably be more nutritious and healthier than eating burgers and fries all week. 

GH Café will be open during the day and they do have more options if students are looking for food and drinks.

Heat trouble in residence

There is a heatwave within the dorm rooms of the student residence on campus and the reasons behind it.

As the temperature change in Toronto due to the seasons, there is a change on campus that is making it a struggle for students in residence. 

Many students in residence have noticed that the rooms in the student residence have gone hotter rapidly without an email or a notice from any staff. 

The basic reason behind the rapid increase of the heat is that residence has decided to shut off the air conditioning and keep the air conditioning units running on heat only. 

Students that have stayed in residence last year experienced the water pipe breaking in a couple of rooms last year leading to floods in rooms. So in order to prevent that from happening again, the A/C is off earlier this year as low temperatures arise when the night falls. 

Specifically for students that live on the Southside of the building, keep your curtains closed as it will stop the sunlight from going inside of the room. 

Multiple of students on the seventh floor of R Building has expressed the dislike of this hot experience in our rooms as autumn comes outside. 

Matthew Byl, the residence assistant on the seventh floor, provided the floor with a list of tips on how to keep cool in this scenario.

On top of keeping the curtains closed, placing a small fan on the window ledge of an open window so that it can help with blowing the cool air in and the hot air outside.

It is not as effective during the nine hours of the day that the sun is shining the brightest and highest, but it should help keep the room cooler at night. 

One suggestion that Byl has mentioned was that students could open their room door to let the cooler air in the hallways of residence to go through the room too.

As noticed, not all students are comfortable with it, but it is an option. 

For safety reasons, if students are not in their rooms, please do not keep your doors open for the cooler air to go in as the only person with the permission of entering the rooms is the student themselves and whoever they allow. 

As these tips that Byl has kindly provided to students, there is a huge possibility that it will not clear all the problems that the heated dorms room has caused, but it should help at least a little bit to make the wait bearable for students living on campus.

Residence cards cause trouble for students

Students living on campus have experienced recent troubles with their residence cards both at certain places at North Campus and with finding out their funds balance after purchases in the cafeterias.

Those living in one of the several residence buildings bought a meal plan at the beginning of the academic year that puts money on a refundable card with the expectation that they are able to use it in multiple places.

Tim Hortons is a common place where Guelph-Humber and Humber students go to for a variety of goods, whether it is coffee for energy or food for their meals between classes.

However, the restaurant chain has notified many students that try to use their residence cards that it not working on their machines. 

Staff at Tim Hortons mentioned weeks ago that it will be fixed for students soon, but it is still not working, causing many students required to pay cash, credit or debit for their food. 

For individuals going to Humber Room experiences the same issue due to the fact that all paying machines are both the same.

Beyond Tim Hortons and Humber Room, when students use their residence card at the food emporium, Starbucks, or in residence, the amount goes through, but students cannot see the remaining balance that they have on their meal plan on receipts due to technical errors.

Students are unable to check their balance online, so the only way to figure out how much is left on their balance is to buy food from the residence cafeteria and then ask them for the remaining balance. 

It is frustrating for many individuals as it worked smoothly last year, yet this year, it brings many financial conflicts for students.

As Matthew, a Humber student in residence, says, it is always a pain because he does not always carry cash, credit or debit around, leading him to use Apple Pay at places where res card is not accepted, which is not preferred in his perspective.

Students are encouraged to vote on campus

The federal election will become accessible for students from Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, with ballot boxes coming to campus.

Nora Esperanza, residence manager, sent out emails regarding the federal election to students in residence to vote both in B Building and inside the residence lobby.

Esperanza wrote that “students who are eligible to vote are encouraged to exercise their right to do so.”

There are a few requirements that are necessary in order for one to vote in the federal election. A student needs to be an 18-year-old Canadian citizen by the day of the election and identification is required to prove the identity and address of the student. 

The complete list of acceptable identification is on www.elections.ca for any students that need it.

The residence lobby will only have a polling station on Oct. 21, the actual election day. On top of the previous requirements, those voting in the lobby will need to bring the email Esperanza sent out to those living on campus.

Advanced voting will take place at Humber College North Campus in Boardroom B101 from Saturday to Wednesday. The poll station is open on Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Clubs to showcase at Humber College

IGNITE has many clubs that are listed online but there is an opportunity to learn more about them in person.

The student union has a day where clubs can book a spot for a table and let interested students know more about each club in detail: Clubs Day. 

Clubs Day at North Campus is going to be on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Centre. Lakeshore Campus’ edition will be taking place simultaneously in L Cafeteria. 

When times come to Clubs Day, there will be a variety of clubs there that offer many different areas of interest for the students at Humber College and Guelph-Humber; some may even be open for students at Lakeshore Campus. 

Clubs usually will have a table set up that provides pamphlets with information and some of the clubs may provide a visual representation of what their club has to offer. 

Do not forget that the individuals at the tables are often the ones running the clubs, therefore if there are questions about the club, they are there to answer them. 

Some clubs may even include a sign-up sheet ready for new interested members to join their club for the year. 

Any students interested in joining a club that is approved by IGNITE are invited to check it out.

Trudeau wore brownface to 2001 private school party

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface makeup to an “Arabian Nights” party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001, TIME reported on Wednesday evening with a photograph.

A spokesperson for the prime minister, who is facing a federal election in a matter of weeks, confirmed that it was Trudeau in the photo and that he was dressed as a character from Disney’s Aladdin.

New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh, of Indian background, said Trudeau’s behaviour was “troubling” and “insulting”.

Kristy Lam: This is the club for you

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Kristy Lam
FCSS, Guelph-Humber

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As clubs get started for the school year, many students often want to join clubs to get involved and, even for students who opted out, they can get involved right away.

One out of many amazing clubs is Circle K UGH; just to be clear, no, this is not your ordinary gas station convenience store. As the president of the Circle K UGH last year and this year, I want to officially let you know that there are incoming changes on how we operate. 

We are going to be running at the University of Guelph-Humber most of the time like last year, but we are opening up the opportunity to students at Humber College Lakeshore Campus. We are looking for someone to represent at Lakeshore as an executive.  

Circle K International is a third party club that is open to universities and colleges with the goal of improving the community that they live within through events. It also gives students the chance to bond with others while gaining friendships and connections with outside networks.

An event that Circle K ran last year that was successful was the holiday cards making for the Youth Without Shelter, an organization serves the population of homeless youth. During the holiday time, they were making holiday gifts for the youth who are homeless. 

Last year, another member and I went to a volunteer event at Habitat of Humanity and we had lots of fun demolishing shelves and sorting tiles. We also had a little social with the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Western University. 

We have a couple of events planned for this year, want to know what they are? 

Keep updated with our social media with Circle K UGH on Facebook, @circlekuofghnh for Instagram and @circlekuofghnh for Twitter. If you are interested in joining, feel free to message us on our social media handles or email us at uofghcirclek@gmail.com.

Suicide Prevention Day: What’s important

Mental health has no limit and it doesn’t matter who you are in this world.

Mental health is an important matter that includes the word “suicide” somewhere.

Tuesday is suicide prevention day, which leads to the openness of talking about suicide prevention.

Suicide is a topic that is normally silenced and for those who are dealing with suicidal thoughts tend to find it hard to open their mouths to talk about it with others.

Suicide prevention is difficult but it is not hard to reach out to individuals and letting them know that there are others around them that cares and loves them from their hearts.

If you are part of the one in five individuals who find hope to not be that easy, you are not alone and don’t give up because there are many more people who care about you despite the fact that you may not see it.

For the four in five individuals, who have a connection with one who is dealing with their mental health, check on your friend, family, and whoever you know who may be considering suicide in their head.

The Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre, known as SWAC, is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students to call into SWAC and request to talk to someone.
There are many free resources that they offer to students; some that support students through mental health include counselors, mental health nurses, and doctors.

In some cases, an accessibility consultant will be beneficial when mental health gets way out of hand; an accessibility consultant has the ability to create some accommodations with you that will give you the little hand you need to do well in classes.

If going to SWAC gives you butterflies, try going with a friend.

You can also try calling a couple of numbers given especially for having a chat.

Good2Talk is a good place to try as it is free for students in post-secondary education; their number is 1-866-925-5454. There are other numbers especially for crisis and one common text line is sending a text message to 686868.

The important message here is to remember that you are not alone as there are many resources out there for you.

Reach out and let others support you when life seems too rough.

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