UVic Student Mental Health Blogger

Hey there reader!

My name is Harper (she/her) and I recently graduated from UVic with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Victoria in 2017 for school. I’ve fallen in love with the island life so much I decided to stay after graduating.

Growing up, I dealt with many mental health struggles I didn’t quite understand and felt I couldn’t fix. I often turned to blogs and social media to learn about other people’s experiences, in the hopes of feeling not-so alone. In my first year of university my struggles got much worse with the stress of a heavy course-load and the new responsibilities I had, and it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with ADHD that I started to discover treatments and habits that worked for me.

In my free time I enjoy running, painting, crocheting, baking new recipes, and spending time with my friends and family. I am taking the LSAT in January and plan to go to law school in the future to further my education and pursue a career I am passionate about. It is my hope that through this blog I can dive deeper into exploring my own mental health and the discourse surrounding mental health and students right now. I also hope to share some of the accessible resources I have discovered over the past four years going to UVic, because I would have loved to know what I know now when I was just a first-year student.

Positive conversations surrounding mental health are so, so important for the destigmatizing of mental health. I am thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of this blog and to be able to share my own experiences and tools for finding balance in the chaos.

The Mental Health Benefits of Making Art

The Mental Health Benefits of Making Art

Research has shown that making art has many healing and mental health benefits. Today, art therapists provide art therapy to individuals to manage things like anxiety, depression, and PTSD1. Recent studies have found that viewing and creating visual art can improve...