COVID-19 Update: All events for the Fall 2021 semester will remain online.
Author: Manisha Kashyap - Marketing and Creative Director
PMC concluded its Summer 2021 term with a much-needed mental health event. It discussed the topic of Going back to a new "NORMAL" as the college campus has returned to in-person teaching for Fall 2021.
The event started with Lauren Watson, Peer Wellness Support Program Coordinator at Langara College. She informed us about Langara College's Peer Wellness Sessions that support the mental health of students. She also spoke about the Mental Health Ambassador program and gave details on how to book an appointment with them.
Then, Finn Groves and Ayoumi introduced a Mental Health App that they are currently working on. The app aims to help cope with stress and anxiety. It will also help people improve their productivity.
Lastly, Samantha (Sammy) Beveridge, Counsellor at Langara Counselling Services, took the stage and talked about how we feel and perceive difficult situations. She enlightened us on how the pandemic affected every one of us differently. She made us aware of all the things we gained and lost during the pandemic and how we should accept them both. She did a small breathing exercise to make us understand how our body responds to deep breathing and how it helps with stress and anxiety. She suggested a few remedies to incorporate in our daily lives to cope with the grief and loss of what we’ve gotten used to. Some of them are:
Accept grief and feel light
Reclaim your space: like putting a small plant in your workplace that makes you feel connected to it.
Practice deep breathing when facing stress or anxiety.
Towards the end, she mentioned that everyone moves through grief differently and recovers at their own pace. So we should not rush through the process and go slowly and peacefully towards finding our new normal again.