A few blurbs from our BPA execs about #BellLetsTalk Day, and shining the light on mental health:

Ghalia Loutfi

 People often mistake mental illness with weakness and judge people going through tough times. Really, there’s a low at some point in every person’s life, but that doesn’t mean they’re weak. The fact that such psychological problems restrain people from completing day to day tasks is a reason for others to lend a helping hand. So, let’s lend our hands and help those needing a positive push and give them a reason to pull through their days. Let people not be ashamed of their everyday battles, but proud that they are able to survive through it all. Use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and raise awareness for friends, family, or even strangers that need to be reminded that they are strong and should be proud of every little issue they overcome. Start a conversation with someone on January 25th, 2017 about mental illness and break the stigma that societies have associated with it.

Sabah Hassan

It’s okay to not be okay, mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of! “Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does”. Lets end this stigma together

Nicole Waisglass

1 in 5 Canadians suffer from mental illness during their lifetime. Bell Let’s Talk is an initiative dedicated to ending the stigma, supporting research, improving access to care, and leading by example. The Brescia Psychology Association does just this with our platform #MentalHealthMonday. Each Monday a story or inspiring photo is posted in order to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health. This is an important step in moving towards positive change! #BellLetsTalk

Jessie Singer

When one has strong mental health, they are able to live their life to the fullest, and are free of psychological problems holding them back such as anxiety, depression and stress. Having mental health allows you to create good relationships, make positive life choices, lead a physically healthy life and lets you grow to your potential. #BellLetsTalk is an amazing initiative that raises awareness for mental health, so those suffering do not have to feel alone in their battle. By choosing to start the conversation about mental health, I believe one day that the stigma associated with it will be eliminated.

Vanessa Cunha

With mental illness numbers rising every year, it’s important for everyone to become aware of the stigma and issues that arise with it. As Michael Landsberg preaches, having a mental illness does not mean you are a weak person, it solely means you are sick. #BellLetsTalk does a fantastic way of minimizing the stigma surrounding mental health every year. As more and more people become educated on these issues, more and more are coming out saying that they too have been suffering, and the wall of shame for having an illness becomes weaker and will one day crumble where the stigma and issues surrounding mental health are no longer. So on January 25, let’s all talk about the issues that people have been ashamed of and remember that having a mental illness means that you’re “sick not weak” 

Afnan Almusned

Mental illness impacts us in different ways; whether it’s directly or through a loved one. By the time Canadians reach the age of 40, 1 in in 2 will have or have had a mental illness. Most people with mental illness can and do recover, it simply starts by just talking about it. So today, let’s talk about it, you are not alone and you shouldn’t feel alone. Let’s Break the stigma, and end the silence.  #BellLetsTalk

Lina Saadeddin

All of us struggle in silence, maybe some more than others. That doesn’t mean we should be muting the pain for others not to hear, we need to open up so others, too, can open up to try and understand one other’s struggles. #BellLetsTalk makes it possible to make struggles visible, accepted and discussed with open arms and thats how each of us should try to be every day. Reach out to one another and never forget, you are not alone and by speaking up, you are braver than most of us.

Charlotte Wilson

It is important to shine the light on mental health because some people may not be aware of the severity of their mental health issues. A large step in becoming mentally healthy is understanding what good mental health is. The Canadian Mental Health Association defines good mental health as having a healthy self esteem, being able to deal with your emotions and learning to manage stress effectively. The goal of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative and Mental Health Mondays is to raise awareness about current mental health issues while offering support for those who are trying to improve their mental health.


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BPA Fall Election Blurbs:

Charlotte Wilson:

My name is Charlotte, I am a BMOS student interested in being a 2nd year representative for the BPA.  I am not a psychology student; however, I have taken many psychology courses which has made me interested in the BPA. I believe psychology is important to understand when working in business and I believe the BPA would offer me a chance to better understand the psychology I have learned.

Sarah Major:

Hello, My name is Sarah Major and I am in my second year of study here at Brescia. After taking Psychology 1000 last year, I fell in love with Psychology and all it has to offer. As a result, I decided to continue on in the Honours Specialization in Psychology program. I am extremely excited to see what this year has to offer as 4.5 out of my 5 courses are Psychology courses. I am a social individual who enjoys making connections and getting to know others. I am also highly organized and enjoy planning events. For example, last year I took a Dimensions of Leadership class that provided me with the opportunity to create a fundraiser with a few peers. By applying our skills, we were able to successfully collect donations for one of the Women’s Shelters here in London. By working at Scotiabank, I have learned how to problem solve and communicate effectively. I have worked with a wide range of individuals, from seniors to teenagers, and I have learned how to change my communication style in order to meet their needs. It would be an absolute pleasure to be given the opportunity to work with the BPA and its executive team. I look forward to getting to know each of you, sharing and applying my knowledge as well as learning from the BPA.Unfortunately, I have a class conflict this week (Human Sexuality 4:30 – 7:30) and cannot make it to the BPA’s first meeting. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and I hope I am able to do so soon. Please let me know what I missed this week!

Vanessa Cunha:

My name is Vanessa Cunha and I am a second year psychology student at Brescia. I heard about the BPA last year when i was switching into the psychology program from foods and nutrition. I was very excited this year to finally be apart of it, and I am both interested and excited to run for second year representative because I would love to become more immersed in psychology outside of class. I had a rough time figuring out what I really wanted to study, until I became exposed to the psychology program by my peers. I believe that I have found a passion to learn about psychology, and I want to share my experiences as the second year representative. I want to be a person that all second year and even first year students can go to for guidance to help them on their journey while I construct my own path as well. Thank you for the opportunity.

Iuliia Kositcina

I am interested in 2nd and 3rd year representative positions. I am a second year psychology student at Brescia who is very passionate about this field!


Victoria Bieg

I am greatly interested in being your Second Year Representative for the Brescia Psychology Association. I am a second year student at Brescia who is currently perusing a BA in psychology. It was not my initial plan but after taking the Intro to Psychology class, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in psychology. I am very interested in the human mind and the behaviour of humans. Currently my two favourite classes are Human Sexuality 2075 and Drugs and Behaviour 2020. A few of my qualities are that I am enthusiastic, a good listener, I am very approachable as well as a good communicator. I have organized and run many charity and athletic events/fundraisers. I am a HOBY alumni, which is a youth leadership group as well as I have participated in various leadership classes that have helped me to develop the skills to organize and run events. If I am voted to be your second year rep I promise that your opinions, ideas and concerns can be voiced efficiently through me.

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2016-2017 Executive Team Election Results

After sorting out issues around setting up the election polls, which took place online for the first time this year, members of the Brescia Psychology Association voted for those they wanted to serve as next year’s executive team.

The results came in earlier this week. The executive team is as follows:

BPA President: Ghalia Loutfi
BPA Vice-President: Sabah Hasan
VP Internal Events and Affairs: Lina Saadeddin
VP External Events and Affairs: Afnan Almusned
VP Finance: Maggie McLellan
VP Communications: Nicole Waisglass
Manager: Kaily Wise
4th Year Representative: Jessie Singer
3rd Year Representative: Krista Lucier

Congrats to all candidates, and especially to these ladies! We look forward to seeing how they carry on the Brescia Psychology Association this upcoming school year.

Elections for the 1st and 2nd year representatives will take place in the fall.

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BPA Elections 2016/2017

Interested in joining the Brescia Psychology Association’s executive team next year? 

Check out the positions here: bpa – execpositions2016.  All are available to students to run for, and students may run for more than one.

If interested in running, please submit a short blurb by April 10th, 9 pm to bresciapsych@gmail.com, containing:

  • your name
  • your program/year
  • why you’re interested in joining the executive team
  • why you’re interested in the specific position

These blurbs will also be posted here.

Different from previous years, we will be allowing members to vote online from April 11th 12 am – April 12th, 5pm. The link and information for that will be posted here shortly.

Feel free to talk to any current exec members or email bresciapsych@gmail.com for more information!

Get involved with the Brescia Psychology Association!

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BPA Grad School & Career Talk 2016

The Brescia Psychology Association is happy to announce that we will be hosting our annual Grad School & Career Talk! This popular event will be happening on Wednesday March 30th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, in the St. James Auditorium.

Besides including a complimentary lunch, this event will provide students with a chance to learn about what they may do after earning a psychology degree. Dr. John Mitchell will be presenting information regarding graduate studies. As well, community organizations will be present with whom students may network and learn about existing volunteer and career opportunities related to their psychology degree.

The Brescia Psychology Association is happy to announce that we will be hosting our annual Grad School & Career Talk! This popular event will be happening on Wednesday March 30th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, in the St. James Auditorium. Besides including a complimentary lunch, this event will provide students with a chance to learn about what they may do after earning a psychology degree. Dr. John will be presenting information regarding graduate studies. As well, community organizations will be present with whom students may network and learn about existing volunteer and career opportunities related to their psychology degree.

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Volunteer Opportunity with the Waitlist Clinic, 2016 – 2017

The Middlesex branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is looking forward to the return of the Wait List Clinic, this being an innovative service where post-secondary student volunteers are trained to provide time-limited, supportive treatment to mental health clients. These are individuals from the community, accepted for mental health services, who currently are on mental health waiting lists. The goals of these meetings would be to increase social support and reduce suffering while the clients wait for services. All sessions would be directly observed by student peers and supervised by clinical psychologists, via live video feeds, both for quality assurance and for educational purposes.

This clinic was developed by Dr. Felicia Otchet, a London-based clinical psychologist. With funding first received in 2011, the Wait List Clinic began running in January 2012. It has since been further developed and evaluated, with Dr. Felicia Otchet winning numerous awards due to the innovative nature of this program. This is in fact a very unique project that gives Psychology undergraduates a hands-on experience that they just cannot get elsewhere.

Through funding from grants and donations – the Western Charity ball, various fundraisers, and individual donors – , the Wait List Clinic was open until the summer of 2015. They had to take a hiatus due to CMHA Middlesex reconstructing its Huron Street Office. The Clinic will be opening once more though, to run again in September 2016.

The Wait List Clinic is currently looking for volunteers for the 2016 – 2017 year. As a student volunteer, you would meet one-on-one with clients weekly, either on Monday or Tuesday evening from approximately 5 – 10 pm. You would receive intensive preparatory training over the course of four evenings, two Mondays and two Tuesdays, this taking place in September no matter when you would begin volunteering.  As stated above, you would be under the supervision of clinical psychologists who would guide and aid you with providing these treatments.

This opportunity was previously only available to those who were enrolled in a counselling class, for credit. This is no longer the case. Though students from other programs are also encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those who are upper year Psychology students, especially those who have taken or will be taking the Introduction to Counselling course (Psych 3991F/G).

This is an excellent opportunity for those who are considering possibly pursuing counselling as a career or in further education. If interested in applying or wanting to learn more, please contact Prof. Shugar at rshugar@uwo.ca.

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BPA Cupcake Decorating

The Brescia Psychology Association presents cupcake decorating!

Come out to the library foyer in the St. James Building from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday March 12th. For $2, choose a vanilla or chocolate cupcake and destress, decorating it to your heart’s content!


Brescia Psychology Association cupcake decorating!

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