Student Experience is happy to announce that Western’s new Wellness Education Centre (WEC) will be officially opening on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. This space is located in the basement of the University Community Centre (Room 76) and works to help connect mental health and wellness with real life engagements, spreading the message across campus. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Various staff can be found in the WEC, including Wellness Peer Educators, the Wellness Coordinator, the Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator, and Western Dietitian Services.
The Wellness Peer Educators are available daily to help educate and direct graduate and undergraduate students to services both on campus and in the London community. The Wellness Peer Educators also run wellness activities and programs housed and delivered onsite. If this is something you are interested in being a part of, the Centre is happy to receive Work Study applications, and volunteer applications through Volunteers in Progress.
The Wellness Coordinator, Melanie-Anne Atkins, is in charge of supervising the Wellness Peer Educators and works to promote campus mental health literacy. She is available for bookings to speak and educate about mental health and wellness on campus.
The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator, Angela Treglia, is a resource for individuals who have experienced sexual violence and those individuals supporting survivors of sexual violence, providing a compassionate response. She will be able to explain supports and options available to survivors, help make connections as requested, and help prevent sexual violence on campus through education activities, reporting, and compliance with new provincial policies and initiatives.
Samantha Gianotti, the Registered Dietitian, currently rents office space in the WEC for Western’s Dietitian Services. She is available on Tuesdays and Fridays for nutrition counselling, and considers individual needs and medical conditions.
In addition, the Wellness Education Centre will be hosting wellness events. Events currently lined up include “Mood-ment,” developed by Dr. Lindsey Forbes, which aims to help students manage emotions through exercise and healthy eating, and meditation drop-in sessions offered by the Student Development Centre’s Psychological Services.
The WEC is a collaborative space made possible by Student Health Services, the University Student's Council, Student Experience, and the generous support of Heidi Balsillie, Fairmount Foundation.