UVic Bounce

Alexandra D’Arcy, Professor and Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab, Department of Linguistics, UVic

Alexandra D’Arcy, Professor and Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab, Department of Linguistics, UVic

Alexandra D’Arcy, Professor and Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab, Department of Linguistics, UVic

Alexandra D’Arcy, Professor and Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab, Department of Linguistics, UVic

Ali Blythe, UVic Fine Arts alumnus,  poet, author of Twoism  and Hymnswitch.

Ali Blythe, UVic Fine Arts alumnus,  poet, author of Twoism  and Hymnswitch.

Ali Blythe, UVic Fine Arts alumnus,  poet, author of Twoism  and Hymnswitch.

Ali Blythe, UVic Fine Arts alumnus,  poet, author of Twoism  and Hymnswitch.

Chad Dickie, UVic Alumnus, winner 2019 BCPSQC Quality Award for "Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice".

Chad Dickie, UVic Alumnus, winner 2019 BCPSQC Quality Award for "Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice".

Chad Dickie, UVic Alumnus, winner 2019 BCPSQC Quality Award for "Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice".

Chad Dickie, UVic Alumnus, winner 2019 BCPSQC Quality Award for "Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice".

Adrienne Williams Boyarin, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Advisor, Department of English, UVic​

Adrienne Williams Boyarin, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Advisor, Department of English, UVic​

Adrienne Williams Boyarin, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Advisor, Department of English, UVic​

Adrienne Williams Boyarin, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Advisor, Department of English, UVic​

Audrey Yap, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UVic

Audrey Yap, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UVic

Audrey Yap, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UVic

Audrey Yap, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UVic

What is Bounce?

University students are experiencing increasing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression related to everything from moving away from home, to academic pressures, to social expectations. Without intervention, the weight can be overwhelming and can lead to anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions that can negatively affect academic performance.

Universities have the opportunity to intervene at an early stage to help prevent crisis-level mental health conditions by changing the way we understand and talk to students about the struggles they face. If we create a community of support, we can help students before they become overwhelmed, and build positive coping skills that will change the course of their academic journey.

UVic Bounce is a website that provides critical early-stage resources to help students thrive. Using videos in which alumni and faculty speak openly about their successes and failures during their university experiences, students will see that their own struggles and failures are an important part of their learning experience. By normalizing and de-stigmatizing the challenges that students face, UVic Bounce will make it easier for students to share their struggles and to seek the support that they need.

This initiative is positioned to change how we approach the mental health of university students in Canada.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Gagan
Founder & Director, UVic Bounce
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of English

 

All photos by Chorong Kim.