As part of a successful graduate student experience at Western, we encourage students to make their health and wellness a priority. Western provides several on campus health-related services to help you achieve optimum health and engage in healthy living while pursuing your graduate degree. For example, to support physical activity, all students, as part of their registration, receive membership in Western’s Campus Recreation Centre. Numerous cultural events are offered throughout the year. for example, please check out the Faculty of Music web page http://www.music.uwo.ca/, and our own McIntosh Gallery http://www.mcintoshgallery.ca/. Information regarding health- and wellness-related services available to students may be found at http://www.health.uwo.ca/. Students seeking help regarding mental health concerns are advised to speak to someone they feel comfortable confiding in, such as their faculty supervisor, their program director (graduate chair), or other relevant administrators in their unit. Campus mental health resources may be found at http://www.health.uwo.ca/mental_health/resources.html.
The University is committed to taking action to prevent sexual violence and to support victims of sexual violence. Western has revamped its sexual violence website to provide comprehensive information on where individuals who have been the victims of sexual violence, or those who know someone who is a victim, can find information and support. The site, includes a range of options and services available to assist them, both at Western and in the external community. This site can be found at: www.uwo.ca/sexualviolence
Western’s Division of Housing & Ancillary Services has created a video, inspired by the White House’s ‘1 is 2 Many’ campaign. The video, called ‘See Something, Do Something’, features male leaders from across our campus speaking out against sexual violence. One in four women in Canada will experience sexual violence in their lifetime and university-aged women are five times more likely to experience sexual violence than others. We encourage you to watch the video, and share it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=epznxZp-Jcg