November Updates! ✉

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** Gender and Mental Health!

Our theme for this month is gender. We have lots of activities and events planned to discuss the way gender identities, norms and stereotypes affect our mental health and accessibility to resources. Members' Meetings take place every Tuesday at 6:30 in Southam 502. This month's topics will include: * Gender stereotypes and their impacts on mental health * Storytime: An executive member will share their lived experience with mental illness * Discussions around toxic masculinity * SAMH Social (bring your friends, hobbies, or homework!) * Exam Survival Kit-making!

** SMHAC Meeting Update

Nov 7 | 5-7pm | MacOdrum Library 468

Join the Student Mental Health Advocacy Collective in a general planning meeting for future projects and direction! There will also be a special announcement, so make sure to come out, especially if you worked hard with SMHAC last year!

Anyone interested in improving mental health at Carleton at a systemic level is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

** Career Building & Mental Health

We'll be joining Carleton Career Services for the national It All Adds Up career wellness campaign! SAMH will be tabling on November 9th. Let us know if you'd like to help out! Wondering how all of your activities in and out of classroom add up? From November 7 to 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., student-based mental health groups and the Career Services team will be spreading the powerful It All Adds Up message! Visit us in the UC Atrium to celebrate how all your activities help build your career skills and experience with a fun photo booth, game, and resources! 401 TB | ( | 613-520-6611 | | @hirecarleton_u

We are pleased to offer two new workshops this year: Mental Health Literacy and Mental Health & Anti-Oppression. Both workshops are available upon request by groups of 5-25 individuals by filling out ** this form ( . To find out more, please read the ** SAMH Workshops Protocol ( , as well as the workshop descriptions below:

Mental Health Literacy

In this workshop, you will become familiar with mental health related terminology and engage in discussions around how various mental illnesses are perceived, represented, and treated in society. Through various interactive activities, you will be able to describe different misconceptions related to mental health, as well as recognize ableist language and attitudes. Finally, you will practice applying the knowledge you gained throughout the workshop to situations you have encountered in your personal and professional life.

Mental Health & Anti-Oppression

In this workshop, you will learn how different forms of privilege and oppression impact mental wellbeing, and can be contributing factors to various mental illnesses. Through various interactive activities, you will also be able to describe how ableist language and attitudes intersect with oppression, and are found in systems of colonialism and capitalism. Finally, you will practice applying the knowledge you gained throughout the workshop to ways you can build allyship with marginalized communities and individuals with mental health issues.

  • MP and Parliamentary Secretary Celina Caesar-Chavannes will be joining us later this month to speak about her struggle with depression, and how she lives with it every day. Read her moving ** autobiographical article ( in the Huffington Post, and stay tuned for details!
  • The Student Alliance for Mental Health's Public Statement regarding Carleton's Draft Sexual Violence Policy can be found ** here ( .
  • Volunteer Opportunities:
  • We're looking for 10-15 members to help collect signatures for the levy club referendum over the coming weeks.
  • We will be tabling at the RRRA Social Justice Fair this Thursday (November 3rd), from 5:30-7:30pm. If you're interested in helping out, email us back ASAP!
  • ** Apply to be a Committee Member ( for the Student Engagement Committee by November 10th!

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