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Accessibility Community Virtual Huddle: mental health and libraries - Shared screen with speaker view
Laura Sinclair
00:55
load and clear!
Anne Pottier
01:41
Hi from Anne @ Mac - on my own today!
Katie Holmes
02:39
Hi! This is Katie from Brescia at Western. The audio sounds great :)
Anne Pottier
03:44
Katya - you are a little echo'y. Anne
Tamara Monster
04:00
Hello. Tamara from Mac here :)
Lynne Serviss
04:09
Lynne from Mac!
Denise Horoky
04:50
Denise Horoky from Western - hello everyone!
Monica Fazekas
05:57
Monica from Western
Monica Fazekas
09:42
what was in the kit?
Denise Horoky
10:25
I love the bubble wrap idea
OCUL Communities and Committees
10:37
If you aren't talking you might want to mute!
Laura Sinclair
15:45
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)
Denise Horoky
16:53
Hello LauraS from Denise at Western.
Laura Sinclair
17:18
we have the equity centre coming to talk to staff next week for a gender identity awareness session
Katie Holmes
17:35
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!
Lynne Serviss
18:28
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.
Monica Fazekas
19:16
Western - there is a grad life committe where units across campus come together to work on these issues for grad sutdents specifically
Elizabeth O'Brien
20:22
At UTSC, we recently opened a mindfulness nook for students to meditate.
Lynne Serviss
20:40
at mac, most staff have Mental Health Training .
Monica Fazekas
21:08
At Western many staff have gone through 3 day Mental Health Training from University
Katie Holmes
21:21
^ Same at Brescia (and some have done Safe Talk)
Monica Fazekas
22:17
We've also had training from Wellness Centre for front-line staff
Rebecca Regehr
22:27
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
Rebecca Regehr
22:34
*Heart
Denise Horoky
23:04
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.
Elizabeth O'Brien
23:33
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.
Monica Fazekas
26:39
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
Denise Horoky
31:10
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.
Katie Holmes
32:52
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)
Denise Horoky
34:15
Sure but it is basic!
Denise Horoky
34:25
I can share the PP slide.
Rebecca Regehr
34:38
That's probably where we're at anyway! Have to start with the basics!
Monica Fazekas
35:55
There is also a coordinated social media campaign across campus that helps with this and we all reinforce the information and message
Rebecca Regehr
37:21
Do you mean the main university page?
Monica Fazekas
38:15
We're under popular links
Monica Fazekas
39:22
partnerships!
Laura Sinclair
40:23
Our student unions help with promotion on their social media channels - more followers than we have!
Monica Fazekas
42:08
That's geo-tagging - people really like that
Denise Horoky
43:25
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.
Laura Sinclair
44:29
posters on bathroom mirrors are effective - we currently have helpline numbers posted there
Denise Horoky
47:58
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.
Denise Horoky
50:41
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.
Monica Fazekas
50:57
In the past we've worked with the campus Rec Centre to bring equipment into the library
Denise Horoky
54:51
The lights help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is pervasive.
Monica Fazekas
56:18
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
Rebecca Regehr
56:31
I love that!
Denise Horoky
56:50
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.
Monica Fazekas
56:55
This year for valentines - I want to organize something where staff create valentines that we then give to students
Katie Holmes
56:58
Have to head out but this was great - thanks for all the wonderful ideas!
Laura Sinclair
58:19
Thanks to everyone - lots of ideas!
Tamara Monster
58:19
Thank you for having this huddle!
Denise Horoky
58:24
Thank you!
Monica Fazekas
58:33
Thank-you!
Denise Horoky
58:37
Let’s keep the conversation going.
OCUL Communities and Committees
58:57
Thanks everyone!
Janet Martin
59:02
Thank-you!