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In the aftermath of U.S. shootings: These are Humber’s procedures

What happens if there is an emergency on campus?

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At least 29 people were killed in 24 hours in two separate mass shootings in the United States this weekend, and, in reflection of this, this is a refresher on Humber College’s emergency procedures.

The Department of Public Safety has an Emergency Response Team in place that meets on at least an annual basis and is made up of willing volunteers.

The emergency management page says that the ERT’s primary mission is to “prepare for the arrival of Toronto Fire Services” via several tasks. The emergency phone number is 416-675-6622 ext. 4000.

When there is an emergency on campus, ERT works to help evacuate everyone inside and take special care to check washrooms and other areas where people may be left behind.

They also “make note” of anyone that refuses to depart for safety or those that need special evacuation assistance. ERT members also help those that need assistance or are otherwise hampered.

After clearing their assigned area during an evacuation, ERT volunteers work with formal emergency services and communicate anyone left inside the premises.

Beyond fire, ERT also reviews procedures for lockdowns, bomb threats, severe weather closures and more, according to the department.

The public safety department also provides security bulletins online that warn of upcoming drills, nearby robberies or police activity.

North Campus, including the University of Guelph-Humber, will be carrying out annual emergency lockdown drills on Sept. 17. Lakeshore’s drills will take place the day after and Carrier and Orangeville will be later in the week.

Public Safety also provides a list of resources including mental health help lines and accessible learning services. ■

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Humber to mark violence against women day

A ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Humber College will on Friday mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with an Indigenous guest speaker.

The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m., though the event page does not list a definite location.

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Top events on campus: Week of Dec. 1

Weekly round up of the top events at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber North for week of Dec. 1.

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This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. All events on campus are free unless stated otherwise. 

Monday, Dec. 2

Humber Networking Event

The Humber students of the Fitness and Health Promotion will be hosting the 2nd annual networking event. This event will feature presentations from three alumni of the program featuring their academic experience and their current career path. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North
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Friday, Dec. 6

Humber Spin-A-Thon 2019

The department of Health Wellness and Science will be hosting the 10th-annual United Way Spin-A-Thon. Donations will be accepted for the United Way Organization. Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes to be won.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Concourse E135
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Mental health resources are a tap away

Stress levels are rising as exams approach.

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There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

The first semester of a long academic year is coming to a close, but there are supports available for the inevitable stress that comes with it. ■

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