Mental health at SFU

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Make space for well-being

If you're looking for the Wellness Wheel, the content is being updated. In the meantime, explore wellness tips and strategies with Make SPACE.

Get the most out of your time at SFU.

Maintaining our overall well-being is key to maintaining a supportive learning and working environment at SFU – whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member. SPACE is an easy-to-remember acronym that outlines five evidence-based areas to support your own, your peers’, or your colleague’s mental health.

  • Social connection
  • Physical health
  • Awareness
  • Contribution
  • Emotional health

Get ideas on how to make SPACE for your well-being by exploring the suggestions below.

Faculty and staff

Are you looking to promote well-being in your classroom or workplace? Everyone at SFU can help create a healthy campus community. Learn how you can support well-being as a teacher or administrator below.

S: Social connection

What does it mean to be socially connected? Quality relationships are central to individual and collective well-being and you can still feel connected to your networks even if you don’t see them often. Discover ways to enhance your university experience by connecting with others, forming new relationships or enhancing existing relationships, and engaging with your community.

Grow your social connections

P: Physical health

Physical health is important for overall well-being and is linked to positive mental health. Support your physical health by maintaining your digital well-being, getting restful sleep, nourishing your body with nutritious food, being active, and practicing safer sex.

Maintain your physical health

A: Awareness

Awareness of ourselves and our surroundings allows for deeper connection and enhanced perspectives. Know and use your strengths, practice mindfulness, and exercise gratitude.

Practice awareness

C: Contribution

Contributing to something bigger than ourselves gives us purpose and meaning. Find meaning, be kind, support others, and contribute to your community.

Discover contribution

E: Emotional health

Being aware of and attending to our pleasant and unpleasant emotions is important for our overall well-being. Take time to create and savour pleasant experiences, practice resilience and self-compassion, and find support as you need it to enhance your emotional health.

Keep your emotions in balance