Celebrated at McMaster since 2018, Thrive Week is a time when we come together as a community to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health. Each year, groups across campus host a week-long series of events focused on promoting the mental well-being of students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Thrive Week 2024 is being held from January 22-26. Let’s get everyone at McMaster thinking and talking about mental health!
Some of Our Past Events
Guided Walk in the McMaster Forest
The McMaster Community went on a guided walk in the McMaster Forest, hosted by Nature at McMaster.
Triple C Farm Visit
Hosted by the Student Wellness Centre, the McMaster Community came together to meet Triple C Farm’s goats, sheep, alpacas, donkeys, pigs, horses and more!
Kind Thoughts Box
A ‘take one leave one’ note system! The McMaster Community wrote notes with a positive message and placed them into the box for someone else to read. Hosted by the Student Wellness Centre.
Therapy Dog Visit
The McMaster Community gathered to visit the therapy dog, Biscuit! Hosted by the Student Wellness Centre.
Mini Golf In Mills
The McMaster Community enjoyed a fun game of mini-golf in Mills Library, hosted by McMaster University Library.
Refresh Your Shelf
McMaster Community members donated books to Mills Library’s ‘Open Shelf’ which allows anyone to take a book of their choice for free. Hosted by McMaster University Library.
Mini Zine making workshop
Hosted by the McMaster Museum of Art, the McMaster Community came together to explore their creativity through the art of zine making.
Friendship Bracelet Workshop
Hosted by McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Taylor Swift fans came together to make friendship bracelets. Note: You don’t need to be a Swiftie to attend this workshop!
According to Harvard Health, gratitude has been associated with greater happiness. Gratitude allows us to feel more positive, reminisce on memories, improve health and resilience, as well as aid in developing strong, long-lasting relationships. Therefore, allowing gratitude to be a part of our everyday lives will improve our mental health.
As part of Thrive Week, we have created a digital gratitude wall where the McMaster community can come share what they are most grateful for. We encourage you to read other people’s posts for further positive reflection. This virtual gratitude wall was inspired by UBC’s Thrive.
The Human Resources teams provide the following services to staff and faculty across McMaster University. They are focused on promoting an inclusive workplace that aims to improve the way our staff and faculty interact with our diverse programs, services, and processes.
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Information Box Group
Thrive began as an idea between two colleagues at UBC in the spring of 2009. Patty Hambler was working primarily in student health promotion at the time and Suzanne Jolly in a similar role that focused on staff and faculty.
They shared common goals in wanting to help create a campus environment that better understood the importance of mental health and well-being as well as one that was supportive of individuals to make choices that promoted not only healthy bodies but healthy minds.
Creating this type of cultural shift was not going to be an easy task but they decided to try a new approach: combining well-being programming to include student, staff and faculty audiences.
The first annual Thrive Week launched that same year at UBC Vancouver with 20 different events and the tagline ‘Health, Community, Commitment’.
By 2014, Thrive had over 65 partners and 100 events and activities marked a highly successful initiative that reached over 35,000 campus community members. Thrive events were hosted on two UBC Campuses and in 7 different locations.
In 2018, McMaster Human Resources Services joined up with the Student Wellness Centre to host the first campus-wide Thrive Week at McMaster University.