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Spring 2019 Mental Health Series Schedule

All Mental Health Series sessions will be in Student Union room 320 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. All students are welcome and no registration is required.

January 24: New Semester, New Me

Being mentally prepared and academically organized can make all the difference in how your semester begins! We will review important components to a having successful spring, such as time management skills, practicing self-care, and utilizing campus resources.

January 31: Coping and Relaxation Skill Building

We will focus on both broad and specific ways that research has shown to help manage stress, increase focus, and increase relaxation. Expect to walk away with reassurance on what things you may already do well, things you will want to try, and bad habits that you'll want to stop!

February 7: Healthy Relationships

Whether it be romantic, familial, or interpersonal relationships, effective communication, commitment, and a sense of reciprocity are considered essential ingredients for creating and maintaining healthy relationships. We will be discussing these concepts, as well as ways to identify and remove yourself from unhealthy and non-beneficial relationships.

February 14: I Love Me Part 1: Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

Our self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves which can have a huge impact on how we see the world, our relationships, and our role within them. Take this day to focus on what you love and appreciate about yourself! We will be talking about techniques that increase self-compassion, self-appreciation, and confidence.

February 21: I Love Me Part 2: Finding Self-Acceptance

Let’s take self-esteem and confidence one step further and talk about self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is embracing all facets of ourselves in an unconditional and non-judgmental way. We will focus on coping with feelings of inadequacy and shame while discussing ways to be unapologetically ourselves.

February 28: Managing Stress

No one is immune from stress, but those entering the ivory towers of college are particularly vulnerable to it. We will discuss how stress affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. We will discuss the differences between “healthy” stress and “unhealthy” stress and how to best manage it though your college experience.

March 7: "We Were On A Break!" Dating and Breaking Up In College

Dating has its own misconceptions, and dating in college gets even complicated. If you’re looking for real talk about sex, dating, and love in college, look no further! This will be a discussion-based series on healthy ways to approach both dating and breaking up in college that you won’t want to miss.

March 14: Making the Grade - A Guide to Surviving College, pt. 1

Today's college students are faced with more challenges than ever before, from chronic anxiety to increasingly competitive job markets, not to mention the variety of challenges faced when acclimating to college life. So how do we survive the college experience? This two-part series aims to answer just that question. Part 1 aims to identify the traits that the most successful students and young professionals utilize every day, and how any student can integrate and build on these skills. This talk will be highly interactive so come prepared with your own strategies for success and be ready to build on the strengths you already have!

March 21: SPRING BREAK-OFF

March 28: Making the Grade - A Guide to Surviving College, pt. 2

Today's college students are faced with more challenges than ever before, from chronic anxiety to increasingly competitive job markets, not to mention the variety of challenges faced when acclimating to college life. So how do we survive the college experience? This two-part series aims to answer just that question. Part 2 focuses on concrete skills successful students use when in the classroom, managing stress, setting goals, and the importance of physical and mental health to student success.
***Part 1 serves as a great intro to this talk, but is NOT required to participate and fully appreciate Part 2***

April 4: Managing Difficult Emotions

No emotion is negative because each informs us of how we are feeling about a situation. With that being said, there are definitely emotions that are more difficult to manage and accept than others. This week we will discuss skills to help tolerate feelings of distress, and regulate emotions.

April 11: Dealing With Conflict

Everyone has to deal with conflict, fighting, and giving or receiving confrontation at some point in their lives. In this series, we will focus on important steps to handling conflict well by understanding ourselves and others better, rolling with defensiveness, and communicating our points clearly.

April 18: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living, but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. We will be discussing characteristics that are considered healthy and supportive as well as what characteristics are considered more toxic, unhealthy, or abusive.

April 25: Mindfulness: Staying Grounded in 2019

Are you feeling a little distracted right now? This interactive workshop hopes to find that pause button with simple, quick strategies intended to slow down that scattered feeling, bring focused attention to your present task, manage stress, and keep your feet on the ground. So bust out those yoga mats and let’s talk about using mindfulness and staying grounded in 2019!