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Thrive Calendar

Thrive is a collection of events and programs to raise awareness of mental health and wellness, encourage connection, and contribute to student wellness through activities, info sharing, and community building. These are led by students who are trained to help you navigate student life and thrive.

Thrive DYI Day 29-Feb-24

Join us in this Artistic Do It Yourself (DYI) session with Thrive at the Library!

We will be at the VIU Library Thursday, 29 Feb, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.


International Women's Day 08-Mar-24

All are welcome to attend this year’s International Women’s Day at VIU.

Drop by at the Royal Arbutus Room, Upper Cafeteria for all or part of our scheduled activities, which feature: info tables and light refreshments from 11:30-12pm, 12-12:30pm guest speakers, 12:30-2pm facilitated workshop on Healthy Relationships, and then more mingling with VIU Catering goodies and beverages.


Our speakers include faculty and students, musicians, and poets, all on the topic of Inspiring Inclusivity, the theme of this year’s IWD.

Our facilitator for the Healthy Relationships is Tanile Gaib, who will lead a friendly and interactive session.


This event is a collaboration between the VIU Faculty Association’s Women’s and Gender Equity Committee, VIU Thrive, the Positive Space Alliance, and our Sexual Violence Training, Education and Prevention committee (STEP).iwd-viufa-2024-poster

Celebrating Nutrition Month! 12-Mar-24

Come to the Upper Quad on Tuesday, March 12, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm and learn more about how Healthy Nutrition contributes to positive mental Health.2024-03-12-nutrition-month

St. Patrick's Day 15-Mar-24

Are you heading out for St. Patrick's Day this March 17th?
Please stop by our STEP info booth to learn about safety and consent!
You will be ready for your celebrations with information about consent and resources from the VIU Harm Reduction Team.


SafeTALK workshops 12-Apr-24 VIU Cowichan

LivingWorks safeTALK trainees learn to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to an intervention provider. 

This session is not recommended for people who have had a recent suicide loss. 

This FREE workshop is open to VIU staff and students and will run from 09 an to 1pm

  • Fri, 12-Apr-24, Nanaimo Campus

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ASIST workshop 25-26 April 2024 VIU Cowichan

ASIST is an internationally acclaimed two day skills building workshop that prepares participants to provide suicide first aid interventions.

It is open to VIU staff and students

Next session April 25-26, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

This session is not recommended for people who have had a recent suicide loss. 

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World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was first launched in 2003 on the 10th of September by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) with the endorsement of the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year has been designated as a way of focusing attention on the problems of suicide worldwide. 

The purpose of having events and programs around this date is to destigmatize conversations about suicide by creating a space where people can connect and share with others who have experienced various forms suicidality.  

Join Thrive events and programs to learn more about this preventive campaign and contribute to build a safer community around campus.

For immediate support, call or text 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Help Line, available 24/7.
or the Vancouver Island Crisis line 1-888-494-3888

* The following discusses the topic of suicide.