Making personal wellness your number one priority

Andrew Watson, PhD

Like many definitions suggest, "wellness" is not something that can be achieved without thought, action and consideration. We should not take wellness for granted, and we cannot expect to attain wellness without conscious effort.

Wellness encompasses both physical and mental health, so it is important that you consider these aspects of your life a number one priority. But what can we do when we are feeling unwell or unable to stay on the pathway leading to wellness?

In times like these, it is important that we seek out help. We all live with our own pressures and stresses, and we all have the potential to become overwhelmed, which can drive us to feeling unwell. No one is immune to this, and I freely admit that I have incurred times in my life when I was unwell.

Wellness continues to be a priority at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western University. The following resources are available if you or someone you know ever needs support:

Click here for a detailed list of mental health services available on campus, and information about what each service can help you with.

Do not be afraid to reach out for help or support if you need it. Take good care of yourselves, keep working on your wellness plans and continue doing great things.

Andrew J. Watson, PhD
Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies