Accessibility Community Virtual Huddle: mental health and libraries - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hi from Anne @ Mac - on my own today!
Hi! This is Katie from Brescia at Western. The audio sounds great :)
Katya - you are a little echo'y. Anne
Hello. Tamara from Mac here :)
Lynne from Mac!
Denise Horoky from Western - hello everyone!
Monica from Western
what was in the kit?
I love the bubble wrap idea
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Laura here from Nipissing/Canadore. We always have a puzzle out and colouring (and we post the coloured sheets in the library). We have Waggin' Wednesdays each week (therapy dog visits)
Hello LauraS from Denise at Western.
we have the equity centre coming to talk to staff next week for a gender identity awareness session
At Brescia we have "wellness weeks" each month, and we partnered with a few places around campus for it. The Student Life Centre came and did lots of mindfulness and study help sessions that they hosted from our computer lab, which went really well!
at mac we have a partnership with our Student Success office. students volunteers from this office work at one of our service points helping students with time management, procrastination and writing help.
Western - there is a grad life committe where units across campus come together to work on these issues for grad sutdents specifically
At UTSC, we recently opened a mindfulness nook for students to meditate.
at mac, most staff have Mental Health Training .
At Western many staff have gone through 3 day Mental Health Training from University
^ Same at Brescia (and some have done Safe Talk)
We've also had training from Wellness Centre for front-line staff
I think the library acts as the heard of the institution and students feel connected in a much different way than other departments because our goal is to provide information. Mental health training for all front line service workers is important and should be mandatory
I meditate and use mindfulness in my personal life so when I am interacting with students, I sometimes recommend some techniques. I direct them to resources all the time. I also include a Mental Health and Wellness slide about resources in all my teaching.
It is not well defined in our library what our responsibility or role is. there is no point person so it doesn't get the attention it needs.
Another thing that we're looking at are our policies - e.g. 24/7 during exams don't reflect good sleeping and study habits and can lead to stress
Rebecca is right. Sometimes just listening is needed. I often see that in my Research Consults with grad. students. Just the need to say it out loud.
A committee at our campus started a program where any staff/faculty member on campus can submit an anonymous care/concern request for a student. The idea is that it helps get students connected with resources before things escalate and it's given the library staff an opportunity to play a role in supporting students' health (although this wouldn't be used for emergency situations)
Sure but it is basic!
I can share the PP slide.
That's probably where we're at anyway! Have to start with the basics!
There is also a coordinated social media campaign across campus that helps with this and we all reinforce the information and message
Do you mean the main university page?
We're under popular links
Our student unions help with promotion on their social media channels - more followers than we have!
That's geo-tagging - people really like that
My office is part of a large student study space with lots and lots of private study carrels. As I walk by the carrels on a daily basis I often think low-tech posters on the inside of the study carrel might catch the attention of the students.
posters on bathroom mirrors are effective - we currently have helpline numbers posted there
Instead of survey we could maybe have them fill out a sticky note with a word or two to describe the helpfulness of the event. I would be uncomfortable asking students to do a survey after a therapy pet event.
I am hopeful that more awareness of mental health and wellness in K-12 curriculum will eventually help us in post-secondary as students may have been learning techniques earlier in the student life.
In the past we've worked with the campus Rec Centre to bring equipment into the library
The lights help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is pervasive.
Something we've done with handing out post-it notes, is having staff write an encouraging message on the first page of the post-it. It's also a great event for staff
I love that!
I think is helpful if all library staff also talk to each about mental health and wellness. We are all in this together. Our stress may be different but it affects us all the same.
This year for valentines - I want to organize something where staff create valentines that we then give to students
Have to head out but this was great - thanks for all the wonderful ideas!
Thanks to everyone - lots of ideas!
Thank you for having this huddle!
Let’s keep the conversation going.
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