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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week at the University of Denver is an annual event designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and resources and decrease stigma related to mental health. This week is in conjunction with national Mental Health Month, which aims to eradicate mental health stigma across the nation and increase accessibility to mental health resources.

Health Promotion works with campus and community partners during this week to provide educational programming and outreach for students, as well as the greater DU community. We recognize that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and communities are experiencing significant challenges that have a great impact on mental health. While we are unable to provide in-person activities due to physical distancing guidelines, we encourage you to participate in our virtual Mental Health Awareness Week events and learn about useful resources below.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@ThriveatDU) to see our posts throughout the month! We will be sharing videos, pictures, and ways for you to engage with us during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mental Health Awareness Week events

Virtual Events

Tuesday 5/5

  • Thrive Mindfulness Challenge Kick-off: Bullet Journaling Tutorial- 2-3 pm MST

Wednesday 5/6

  • Narcan training presented by the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)- 8:30-9:30 am MST
    • Join via Zoom:  https://udenver.zoom.us/j/91496811649
    • Event description: In the middle of the opioid epidemic, knowing how to administer Narcan can be the difference between life and death. Learn how to save a life.
  • Recovery Ally training presented by the CRC- 10 am-12 pm MST
    • Join via Zoom: https://udenver.zoom.us/j/91496811649
    • Event description: This comprehensive training and related materials will provide you with everything you need to become a recovery ally on the DU campus to ultimately change the campus culture. The DU Collegiate Recovery Community is committed to ensuring that recovery is a part of the conversation on college campuses when we address high risk drinking and other drug misuse. For far too long, supporting students in recovery and providing target interventions and support services to those with substance use disorders was not a part of our continuum of care. We want to change that. That is why we hope you will attend the RECOVERY ALLY TRAINING.
  • Lift the Mask documentary screening presented by The Quell Foundation- 4-5:30 pm MST
    • Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81008816330?pwd=akdHYjYwbCtIenFhUXVEZzk2d2F4Zz09
    • Event description: The University of Denver Health & Counseling Center and The Quell Foundation are proud to present "Lift the Mask Portraits of Life with Mental Illness." This documentary tells the harrowing, hopeful stories of six individuals living with behavioral and mental health diagnoses. This film screening will feature individuals from the film, as well as mental health professionals and educators from the University of Denver and The Quell Foundation.
    • NOTE: This event was cancelled due to unforeseen technical issues with Zoom. We sincerely apologize to those who attempted to join us and thank you for your interest. As we were not able to resolve the issues immediately, we will need to consider rescheduling the screening for a later date. Please check back here for updates.

Thursday 5/7

  • Self-Care During the Job/Internship Search webinar presented by Career & Professional Development and DU Mind- 4-5 pm MST
    • Register via Zoom: https://udenver.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W5jQzCMjQaygC2kHuC_kYg
    • Event description: Are you currently searching for a job or internship and find the process to be stressful? Register for this hour-long webinar to find out more about how you can take care of your mental health during your search! As a collaborative effort between Career and Professional Development, the Health and Counseling Center, and DU Mind, we will be covering topics such as managing stress and anxiety during job searching and interviewing, staying positive and mindful during the process (including the dreaded rejection email), and navigating the job search during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday 5/8

  • Go Team Therapy Dog Hour- 4-5 pm MST
    • Join via Zoom: https://udenver.zoom.us/j/91728403588
    • Event description: Go Team Therapy Dogs presents: Therapy Dog Hour. Come meet some of our therapy dogs and learn about the history of Go Team, who we usually visit, and the differences between emotional support and service animals.
Thrive Moments of Mindfulness Challenge (throughout May)

The Thrive Moments of Mindfulness Challenge is a month-long challenge in May for all DU students that emphasizes positive mental health and self-care while studying/working from home. There will be virtual de-stress events occurring Week 6 through Week 9 of Spring quarter, starting May 5. Thrive has partnered with other DU student organizations to bring a variety of content so that there is something for everyone! Click here to learn more about the challenge, event info, weekly checklists, and the giveaway!

Thrive Moments of Mindfulness Challenge

Self-Care Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered some self-care tips during this time:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and other drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

To learn more, see CDC's guide to manage stress and anxiety.

Maintaining Your Mental Health While Working or Studying from Home

Coping during this time can be challenging and working or studying from home can create new stressors. Some tips for staying emotionally well while working from home include:

  • Take Breaks: Give yourself time to relax or unwind in between tasks. Providing your mind with breaks while completing your school/work responsibilities can be beneficial (even if it's just a small walk outside!). Take time to do things that are meaningful/enjoyable for you (ex. reading, watching a movie, creating a gratitude journal).
  • Maintain Physical Distance Instead of Social Distance: Even though you can't be within six feet of loved ones, this doesn't mean you have to lose contact. Maintaining social connections virtually can provide meaningful support.
  • Maintain a Routine: Although your daily routine has most likely changed during this time, it can be helpful to create as much of a schedule/routine as you can. Giving yourself some type of structure can ease stress surrounding uncertainty you might be feeling.

Additional resources:

Campus Resources for Students

The Health & Counseling Center continues to provide the following mental health services:

  • Individual and group counseling for students via tele-health
    • If you already have a therapist, please message your provider through your MyHealth portal or by calling the HCC main line at 303-871-2205.
    • If you are seeking therapy at the HCC for the first time, please call 303-871-2205 to schedule an initial triage appointment, or log-on to the MyHealth portal.
    • In order to participate in telehealth groups/workshops, please call 303-871-2205 or speak with your current HCC therapist (if you have one).
    • Crisis services are available 24/7 by calling 303-871-2205.
  • Free tele-mental health support for students via the My SSP: Student Support Program app
  • Comprehensive support for students in recovery
    • For more information contact the Collegiate Recovery Community at recovery@du.edu or 303-871-3423.
  • Advocacy and support services for any DU community member impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment
    • You may reach these services by leaving a voicemail at 303-871-3853 during daytime hours, contacting 303-871-2205 after business hours, or emailing cape@du.edu.

Student Outreach & Support

During this time, we encourage students to continue to use the SOS referral form for yourself or others. Case managers will continue to meet with students virtually during the Spring Quarter. For more information on Student Outreach & Support, please see their website.

For more mental health resources, please follow this link .

Campus Resources for Staff & Faculty

At the University of Denver, we engage in a Culture of Care & Support for individuals and the campus community to maintain their safety, health, and well-being. Through our holistic collaboration we can work together to ensure that our students are connected to the appropriate resources to meet their goals and develop new skills in navigating challenging experiences.

We continue to evolve this culture by:

  • Educating the students on the services available to support them
  • Collaborating across departments
  • Developing an environment where everyone understands their responsibility in noticing the well-being of those around them
  • Helping the campus community learn the skills to know when and how to intervene
  • Creating access to resources, document and refer students to the appropriate university office

If you are concerned about a student:

In the case of Emergency:

  • Call 9-1-1 or Campus Safety if it is a life-threatening emergency (ex. the individual has ingested pills or has a weapon).
    • Campus Safety: 303-871-3000
  • During business hours (Monday & Friday, 8AM-5PM, Tuesday 9AM-5PM, Wednesday & Thursday 8AM-7PM) phone the Health & Counseling Center at 303-871-2205, and speak directly with a counselor.
  • When the office is closed, call 303-871-2205 to speak with the Counselor on Call. A counselor is available free of charge 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
  • Complete an SOS Referral.

Non-Emergency:

  • Complete an SOS Referral.
  • Talk to the student about accessing counseling services. For more information, follow this link.

Resources:

  • For more information about supporting a student in distress, check out the Student Outreach & Support website.
  • For tips on how to make a referral to the Health & Counseling Center, follow this link.
  • To view an online version of the Red Folder, follow this link.
  • To take an online training on responding to students in distress, log into Canvas. You should be automatically enrolled in a course titled, "Suicide Prevention Training." If you experience issues accessing this training, email hcc.thrive@du.edu.
  • To request a Suicide Prevention training for your department, follow this link.
  • If you are seeking support for yourself or a colleague, please read more about the Employee Assistance Program here.