Peter Hedley (left) speaking with Alexandria Pavelich and Holly McKenzie in a podcast episode about the USask Therapy Dog program. (Photo: University of Saskatchewan)

New USask podcast series focuses on mental health, wellness amid COVID-19

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has launched a podcast series, Be Well at USask, delving into issues of health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There’s no question that, due to self-isolation and the anxiety surrounding the pandemic, a greater percentage of people are struggling with their mental health in ways that they weren’t 12 months ago,” said Peter Hedley, podcast host and director of student affairs and services at USask.   

“We recognize that staying connected and sharing good quality information about the ways in which we can support ourselves and one another at this time is critical,” Hedley added. 

The podcast will focus on various dimensions outlined within the USask Wellness Strategy, with an approach of promotion, prevention and intervention. The episodes will feature campus experts involved with health care work, spiritual care, career counselling, peer health support, academic skills support, research, student crisis outreach and intervention, and residence life.  

“We have amazing people in our campus community doing amazing work; work that isn’t always recognized or even understood properly,” said Hedley. “Sharing their knowledge about what supports are available on campus and the work that’s being done can benefit everyone in our community.” 
Be Well at USask can be found on multiple podcast platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube. New episodes will be released on a regular basis as they are recorded. Listener feedback or suggestions for guests and topics can be submitted to: bewell.podcast@usask.ca 


For more information, contact: 

Peter Hedley 
Director of Student Affairs and Services 
University of Saskatchewan 
Victoria Dinh 
USask Media Relations 

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