Black Student Wellness

Mental Health & Wellbeing: Drop-In Session for Black Students

Group Sessions

Winter 2022: Starting March 2nd – Wednesdays (5 wks.) Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Exploring the imposter phenomenon

Why do feelings of inadequacy follow me? Let’s explore the imposter phenomenon from a unique Black perspective that is internalized through structural anti-Blackness. In this 5-week group session, Black students will reflect on lived experiences to identify, understand feelings of impostering and learn its impact on mental distress. We will discuss what is harming your confidence and impeding your ambitions.

In addition, Black students will gain strategies and tools to increase self-acceptance and personal empowerment to thrive.  

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For more information or to register, email Glenda van der Leeuw MSW, RSW at vandeg5@mcmaster.ca or bss@mcmaster.ca

For additional support, you can also connect with The Student Wellness Centre reception so they can create a chart for you and be intentional about your needs. Call 905-525-9140 x 27700 or visit their website to learn more.

Black Student-Athlete Check-ins with Rohan Thompson

Counsellor: Rohan Thompson, MSW

Group and One-on-One sessions

Ongoing group sessions :

Wednesdays: September 29th / October 13th & 27th / November 10th & 24 / December 8th all from 12:30pm-2:30pm

Ongoing one-on-one appointments available:

Thursdays: October 7th & 21st / November 4th & 18th / December 2nd & 16 all available for an hour 11:30am /12:30pm / 1:30pm

Rohan Thompson is a dedicated licensed social worker/psychotherapist. Versed in a broad range of treatment approaches, Rohan has more than 15 years of experience working with individuals and families who need support navigating challenges, healing from traumas, and maintaining mental wellness. He has also worked closely with organizations to improve employee mental health and ensure equity-driven policies, programming, and executive leadership. Rohan’s experience as a psychotherapist and consultant is backed by a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was a member of the football team, as well as his passion is fueled by an unwavering belief in the value and impact of mental wellness. In addition to his counselling and consulting work, Rohan supports his community as a youth football coach and a board member of a local not-for-profit.

For more information or meet with Rohan, please email him at: rohan@thebreakthrough.ca 

For crisis support, please visit www.wellness.mcmaster.ca/crisis-support/ for immediate resources and support.

Launched in Feb 2022, this student-led peer support group is an opportunity to reclaim your mental health and wellness. Black students, take lead in being a part of creating a safe space.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

March 10th, 6-7 pm

March 24th, 6-7 pm

April 7th, 6-7 pm

April 21st, 6-7 pm

To register email  bxscape@mcmaster.ca

This program is in partnership with the Student Wellness Centre