Frequently Asked Questions

Let's Talk About Sex!: Common sexual problems and how to talk about them

Presented By: Robyn Jackowich and Stéphanie Gauvin, with Dr. Caroline Pukall It can be hard to talk about sexual problems with other people, including friends and/or partners. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss why it’s important to talk about sex, what sexual problems are, and the impact that sexual problems can have on our wellbeing. Importantly, we will review communication tips and discuss how to be a good listener and supportive friend and/or partner. We’ll also be sure to talk about support and resources that are available to you at Queen’s University and in Kingston.

How to Support a Friend with Anxiety

Presented By: Irene Hong and Jackie Huberman, with Dr. Meredith Chivers We’ve all heard of “anxiety”, but what is it? How do you manage it or support an anxious friend? In this interactive workshop, we will review common types of anxiety. We’ll provide effective techniques for coping with anxiety and you’ll have the chance to practice some of them. We’ll also discuss ways that you can help support an anxious friend, including what to say and what not to say.

How to Support a Friend with an Eating Disorder

Presented By: Amanda Shamblaw, with Dr. Susan Buchanan & AuthenticallyU In a culture that promotes healthy eating and dieting, how do you know when things have gone too far? In this interactive and educational workshop, we will review different types of eating disorders. We’ll discuss signs of disordered eating, its effects on the body and mind, and strategies for supporting a friend with an eating disorder, including how to open dialogues. We will also provide an overview of available treatments and resources, which you can use or provide to a friend in need.

How to Help a Friend (and Yourself) Cope with Big Emotions

Presented By: Kalee DeFrance and Vanessa Schell, with Dr. Tom Hollenstein Emotions are ubiquitous. We are always experiencing some level of emotion yet, due to social demands, we also try to regulate our emotions. Many of us struggle with emotion regulation, however, which can have negative mental health outcomes. In this interactive workshop, we will present techniques that have been found to effectively help people become more aware of their emotional experiences and develop successful regulatory practices. We’ll discuss the upsides and downsides of emotions and will review ways to build resources to help yourself or a friend through tough emotional times.

How to Support a Friend Who's Feeling Down and Depressed

Presented By: Melissa Milanovic, Tanya Tran, and Chloe Hudson, with Dr. Chuck Vetere In this workshop, we will talk about the experience of feeling down and depressed. Importantly, we will provide an overview of what it might look like when someone is feeling depressed, how it affects people day-to-day, and discuss some helpful coping strategies for low mood or depression. Through this interactive workshop, you will also learn strategies for supporting a friend who may be experiencing symptoms of depression – including helpful things to say or do, and the resources that are available to them at Queen’s University and in Kingston.

Tips on What To Do When You Can't Sleep

Presented By: Louisa Man and Nelly Matorina, with Dr. Hans Dringenberg Are you always tired? Do you feel like you’re not getting enough sleep? In this workshop, we will examine prevalent sleep myths like “I catch up on sleep over the weekend” or ”Having a glass of wine before bed makes me sleep better”. Importantly, we will discuss facts about sleep and its impact on wellbeing. We will also review strategies to improve sleep hygiene, and go over evidence-based tools to help you learn about your own sleep patterns.

Mental Health, Relationships, and You

Presented by: Joyce Li, Vanessa Schell, & Jackie Huberman, with the Mental Health Awareness Committee It can be tough to navigate mental health issues in our relationships. In this talk, we will share research, practical tips, and real-life experiences related to issues of mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, grief, stress, etc.) in the context of platonic and romantic relationships. Together, we’ll contemplate the following scenarios, and more: “My best friend is going through some serious mental health struggles right now. How do I best support her, without burning out?” “I am struggling but don’t know how to communicate to my partner and my family what I need from them. How do I have these conversations?” “I want to date, but my mental health issues can make it tough and complicate things. How can I navigate this?” “I’m glad to be my girlfriend’s rock but it’s exhausting me, and I find myself pushing away sometimes. Does that make me a terrible person?” “My housemate’s mental health issues make it hard to do everyday things, like going to class. How much should I push him to get moving?” We’ll be joined by a couple of undergraduates who will share their experiences navigating challenging mental health issues in their own relationships.

Living with Anxiety

Presented by: Dr. Brad Mac Neil and Breanna McCreary The talk will aim to address the following quesitons:
(1) What is anxiety?
(2) How do you recognize the signs of anxiety in yourself and family members?
(3) What are the evidence-based treatments for anxiety for adults and children?
(4) What is it like to live with an anxiety disorder?


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