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Mental Health Awareness Week is May 3-8, 2021

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) at DU is an annual event designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and resources and decrease stigma related to mental health. The 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.

Questions? Please email hcc.thrive@du.edu.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Check out the week's events below! Events are also listed on Crimson Connect.

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 2021

All Week

Stride Outside: the Mile a Day Challenge
Hosted by Athletics & Recreation

  • Join the #StrideOutside Challenge for Mental Health Awareness Week with DU Athletics & Recreation! Getting a daily dose of exercise and Vitamin D can help you manage stress, depression and anxiety.  Runners and walkers are welcome! Choose your daily mileage goal and join the DU community to promote the multi-dimensional benefits of exercise.
  • Register: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cD3EyKUVHCP1Bwa
Monday, May 3

Zumba (12 - 1 pm, Virtual)

Hosted by Well@DU and Human Resources & Inclusive Community

  • Join DU's Zumba Instructor Katia Miller bi-weekly for Zumba over Zoom! All sessions are virtual and FREE! This Latin class fuses hypnotic rhythms and easy-to-follow choreography to create an exciting dance cardio class. With combinations of international dance steps, Zumba will allow you to torch calories while having fun!
  • Register: https://udenver.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlc-6oqjwsGtI24V3TgEj7F7oDWsRZ-fEv

Recovery Ally Training (4 - 5 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by the Collegiate Recovery Community

  • 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 (CRC) 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
  • Register: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1085764 (faculty, staff, and alumni- please click Register, then complete the form selecting "Guest" as the account type. You will not log in.)
  • Zoom link: https://udenver.zoom.us/s/84166306340
Tuesday, May 4

Guided Meditation (11:15 - 11:45 am, Virtual)
Hosted by Well@DU and Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Community Wellness Hours (1 - 3 pm, Community Commons 1st floor atrium)
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Communities + Values

  • Don't forget a healthy snack!
    We know that this year has been stressful for us all, but the Office of the Provost and the C+V team recognize the importance of good nutrition for a healthy mind and body. Come have a snack pack on us while practicing physical distancing protocols. Grab a coworker, peer, friend, or mentor and come by Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm (April 6 - June 1) at the Community Commons.
  • No registration required
  • Questions? CommunityPlusValues@du.edu or https://www.du.edu/community-values/content/community-wellness-hours

SmashTALK Panel (5 - 6 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Health Promotion, Counseling Services, Collegiate Recovery Community, Southern Smash, and REASONS Eating Disorder Center

  • This is a panel discussion on education around eating disorders, as well as empowering individuals to celebrate and embrace self-love and recovery. Panel members will include the Southern Smash founder, eating disorder clinicans, and students in recovery.
  • Register: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1083077 (faculty, staff, and alumni- please click Register, then complete the form selecting "Guest" as the account type. You will not log in.)

Bob Ross Virtual Paint-Along (6 - 7 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Active Minds

  • Love Bob Ross? Join Active Minds on 5/4 at 6pm MST for a virtual stress-relief paint-along! Paint kits/supplies will be provided the day before (available for pickup at the Active Minds table at the 5/3 MHAW kickoff fair). We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Register: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1090966
Wednesday, May 5

Thrive Mental Health Fair (11 am - 1 pm, Carnegie Lawn)
Hosted by Health Promotion and the Thrive Peer Educators

Health Promotion and the Thrive Peer Educators will host a mental health fair with multiple interactive activities, campus partners, giveaways, and resources!
Register: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1076438 (faculty, staff, and alumni- please click Register, then complete the form selecting "Guest" as the account type. You will not log in.)

Moments of Mindfulness Affirmation Board Tabling (10 am - 12 pm, Community Commons suite 3200)
Hosted by Health Promotion & Office of Student Engagemetn

  • For this tabling event Health Promotion will be partnering with the Office of Student Engagement for an affirmation activity. Students will have the opportunity to make a "take one leave one" affirmations for themselves and fellow students!
  • Register: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1085675 (faculty, staff, and alumni- please click Register, then complete the form selecting "Guest" as the account type. You will not log in.)

What's Career Got to Do with It? Webinar (11 am - 12 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Career & Professional Development

  • In this webinar with Career & Professional Development, dive into the intersection of mental health and your career. We'll discuss the topics that many of us experience but may not talk about frequently, such as self-care in your job/internship search, managing interview stress, navigating the time crunch of being a student and jobseeker, and more!
  • Register: https://du.12twenty.com/events/30006101084189

Mindful Movement & Meditation (12 - 1 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Well@DU and Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Health at Every Size Workshop (1 - 2 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Denver Dining by Sodexo

  • Join Gina Vega, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Denver Dining by Sodexo, to:
    -Uncover the importance of developing a healthy relationship with food and exercise
    -Discover what intuitive eating is
    -Language matters! Understand how the language we use to talk about food impacts our beliefs and behaviors around food and health.
  • No registration required
  • Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85970138976?pwd=MkdXUncxNXRMc0x3TS8xekpxZTY3Zz09
  • Meeting ID: 859 7013 8976
  • Passcode: 3mUW9g

Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Workshop (3 - 4:30 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Health Promotion

  • We all have a role to play in noticing the mental well-being of those around us and intervening when we notice someone who can use support. Campus Connect is an experiential workshop designed to enhance your knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide prevention. In this workshop, you will learn warning signs of mental health concerns, communication skills, and how to refer someone to campus and community mental health resources.
  • Attendance at this workshop can count toward the Registered Student Organization (RSO) Ongoing Harm Prevention requirement.
  • Register: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1085636 (faculty, staff, and alumni- please click Register, then complete the form selecting "Guest" as the account type. You will not log in.)
  • Zoom link: https://udenver.zoom.us/s/81955796993 
Thursday, May 6

Community Wellness Hours (9 - 11 am, Beans To-Go Window)
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Communities + Values

  • Grab a cup on us!
    We know that this year and the physical distancing measures have presented new challenges for all of us. It's more important now than ever before that we feel supported and in community in our daily lives. C+V and the Office of the Provost would like to invite you join us for a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate and some human connection while practicing physical distancing protocols. Grab a coworker, peer, friend, or mentor and come by Thursdays, 9am-11am (April 1 - June 3) at Beans To-Go Window.
  • No registration required
  • Questions? CommunityPlusValues@du.edu or https://www.du.edu/community-values/content/community-wellness-hours

Positive Thinking for Real Life Workshop (10 - 11 am, Virtual)
Hosted by Career & Professional Development

  • Positive thinking isn’t about pretending that everything is OK; it’s about digging deep and consciously recognizing your inner strengths and resilience. In this webinar from Career & Professional Development, we’ll discuss and practice research-backed strategies for increasing positive thoughts and boosting your motivation and confidence. Examples will focus on career topics, but this webinar is applicable for positive thinking in any area of your life.
  • Register: https://du.12twenty.com/events/30006101084190

Guided Meditation (11:15 - 11:45 am, Virtual)
Hosted by Well@DU and Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Friday, May 7

Zumba (9 - 10 am, Virtual)
Hosted by Well@DU and Human Resources & Inclusive Community

  • Join DU's Zumba Instructor Katia Miller bi-weekly for Zumba over Zoom! All sessions are virtual and FREE! This Latin class fuses hypnotic rhythms and easy-to-follow choreography to create an exciting dance cardio class. With combinations of international dance steps, Zumba will allow you to torch calories while having fun!
  • Register: https://udenver.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtc-GrrDkoGd33UJnHvNInRG5rs6lZybnc

Celebrate the Small Wins Workshop (3 - 4 pm, Virtual)
Hosted by Career & Professional Development

  • With the end of the academic year just one month away, you might be planning ahead for the summer or life after you graduate. Whether you are a first-year student, graduating senior, or graduate student, you are invited to join Courtney Giles-Irish, graduate fellow in Career & Professional Development, for a workshop about mental health and the career development process. We will reflect on how difficult the job search and career exploration process can be, but also discuss the importance of celebrating the small wins to inspire you to take your next steps forward.
  • Register: https://du.12twenty.com/events/30006101082389

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.