uWinnipeg, uManitoba introduce extended fall breaks to promote mental health

October 11, 2016

The University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba have extended the Thanksgiving long weekend to promote mental health among students, reports Metro. uWinnipeg students will get the full week off from October 10th to the 14th while uManitoba students will be off for the 6th and 7th, in addition to the Thanksgiving Monday closure. uWinnipeg Students’ Association President of Student Affairs Laura Elsie said the change was inspired by schools like Ryerson University and the University of Alberta, which have instituted similar breaks. Yet not all students are fans of the new breaks, reports Metro. Hannah Kroeker, a second-year psychiatric nursing student at uWinnipeg and Brandon University, notes that “not having a fall reading week... would allow students to have a more moderate workload for an extended period of time, as opposed to a week off and then a more intense workload.” Metro