Joining the mental health resilience
You've probably seen the posters around King’s campus. “Join the resilience for the sake of others. A healthy community starts with a healthy you.” In short, take care of yourself to be better able to help your friends and community when they need it in turn. So what does it mean to be resilient?
When something goes wrong, do you bounce back, or do you feel utterly overwhelmed? People who are resilient tend to recover and move on from stress or challenging life situations rather than dwelling in them. Being resilient isn’t about ignoring problems or going it alone, but it helps you find your way past them and reach out for support.
Find what makes you resilient. This looks different for everyone.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Spend time with God—go to church, connect with a bible study group, pray.
- Eat well—give your body the nutrients it needs. Not sugar and carbs, although those are nice treats.
- Exercise—whether you love heading outside on the trails or enjoying a long swim, being active is good for your overall health.
- Spend time outside.
- Connect with friends—not just online, but face to face.
- Spend time being mindful—with mindful meditation, listening to your body.
You might want to talk with a counsellor if…
- you feel ‘down’ or depressed all the time.
- your mood swings between extremes.
- you have addictive behaviours, whether that’s alcohol, drugs, videogames, or anything that makes you feel like your life is out of control.
- you have suicidal thoughts.
- Peer support room: chat with a peer about anything at all like relationships or grades.
- Spiritual mentors: King’s has two spiritual mentors who would love to pray and walk alongside you.
- Campus minister: Make an appointment with Tim Wood, our campus minister.
- Counselling: You can drop in or make an appointment with our student counsellor, Zac Berg, for crisis support or personal counselling. These services are free and confidential.
- King’s also partners with many other agencies in the community to help refer you to the right service.