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Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

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SFU Thrive Week supports health and well-being on campus and beyond

January 29, 2019

Simon Fraser University is committed to creating healthy campus communities where our students, faculty, staff and visitors feel welcome, supported and can thrive.

This week, SFU celebrates Thrive Week – a series of events focused on taking action to create positive well-being at SFU and beyond. Thrive Week seeks to promote SPACE for well-being through Social connection, Physical health, Awareness, Contribution, and Emotional health. 

The SFU community is invited to join events at our Burnaby and Surrey campuses, such as:

  • A Conversation on Mental Health (Burnaby and Surrey), January 30;
  • Mindfulness Meditation (Burnaby), January 30;
  • A gratitude craft with Creative Collective (Burnaby), January 31; and
  • Gentle yoga (Burnaby), February 1.

There are also several drop-in workshops for students, including a Community Cooking Workshop (RSVP required), A Sip of CARE, and Connected Globally, Adjusting Locally. Information about the variety of resources available through SFU Health & Counselling will be shared at all events and can be found online at: sfu.ca/students/health.

A recent example of these resources is the My SSP app launched last year by SFU and the Simon Fraser Student Society. With My SSP, all SFU students have access to immediate or ongoing counselling and support - accessible from anywhere in the world by phone or through the downloadable app.

The Healthy Campus Community initiative led by the SFU Health Promotion team is another great example of the efforts being taken by the University to promote supportive campus and learning environments. Launched in 2014, this award-winning initiative looks at the many factors that contribute to well-being on campus. Their recommendations have jump-started a number of projects that have improved both physical spaces andlearning environments.

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU is proud to be a part of the movement to highlight the importance of health and well-being within our own institution and the communities we serve.

I encourage you to be a part of the conversation during Thrive Week and throughout the year. For more information, please visit the web resources shown below.

SFU celebrates Thrive Week with a series of events geared to support your mental and physical health