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Thursday, February 18 • 10:15am - 11:15am
The Octagon of Life: Mental Health Care for Students and Teachers

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In this 60-minute workshop, Jason will give an overview of his experiences living with a severe mental illness, Bipolar I Disorder. His experience includes a three-month-long manic episode, a 57-day stay in the acute psychiatry ward and a 7-month long depression. The overview is done so attendees can have an idea of what certain behaviours may indicate that a student'struggles with their mental health (ex. manic symptoms, depression, stress, etc.). The session will then detail how Jason regained control of his life with The Octagon of Life: eight areas of life to focus on for health, happiness, and fulfilment. The eight areas of the Octagon of Life include Exercise, Nutrition, Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Relationships, Career, Finances, and Mental Health Balance. These eight areas will be explained in the context of Education and how it relates to student and teacher wellness. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

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Jason Wegner

Student Teacher, University of Lethbridge
Jason Wegner is a 6th-year student teacher at the University of Lethbridge who lives with a severe mental illness, Bipolar I Disorder. He is a mental health advocate who has given numerous presentations on the mental health challenges he has overcome and offers practical advice for... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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