Mental Health Awareness Week Kicks Off March 27

 Did you know that mental health problems affect one in four people? Given this fact, it is important that everyone is aware  of how to confront mental illness within themselves and with others. Luckily, Mental Health Awareness Week is going to be very active at SSU by hosting many events the week of March 27th to promote self-care in the community as well as helping to reduce stigmas and misconception surrounding mental illness. Take the following events as the opportunity to educate yourself and others on the subject.

Hope you’re as excited as I am!

Monday, March 27, 2017:

Glow Paddle Yoga Class
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: O’Keefe Complex Pool
Sponsored by: Gassett Fitness Center
Registration: Email Kelly Janos. Limited spaces available.
Contact: Kelly Janos, Gassett Fitness Center

Walking Meditation
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center 219
Sponsored by: Spiritual Life Office
Contact: Laura Biddle, Chaplain

The Art of Racial Trauma: Film Screening and Conversation
Time: 4-6:30 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center Underground (North Campus)
Sponsored by: CHS, Residence Life, the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office and the Psychology Department
Contact: Hakim Hill, Residence Life

Join us for a film viewing and discussion with filmmakers and faculty exploring themes of racial trauma and healing impacting undergraduates and graduate students.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh Check Day: Check-In with College Students
Time: 11 am- 2 pm
Location: Viking 123 (Central Campus, Starbucks)
Sponsored by: The Jordan Porco Foundation and departments across campus
Contact: Jazmin Ramirez, Residence Life

Stop by to participate in interactive booths, and get free food, prizes, and t-shirts focused on mental health awareness on campus
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Time: 3:30-5 pm
Location: Petrowski Room
Sponsored by: First Year Experience Office and Counseling and Health Services
Contact: Dan Dilling, GA FYE
Presenter: Allison Gagne

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a program designed for EVERYONE to learn what can be done to prevent suicide. QPR is an approach to confronting someone about their possible thoughts of suicide. It is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, instead a means to offer hope through positive action.”
Service Animals vs. Assistance Animals
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Viking 123
Sponsored by: Veterans Affairs, Residence Life and Disability Services
Contact: Ben Whelihan, GA Veterans Affairs Office

John Moon from the service dog company NEADS, Joseph Kelleher from Disability Services, and a representative from Residence Life will participate in a discussion panel that explores the similarities and differences between service animals and assistance animals.  

Wednesday, March 29:

Glow Paddle Yoga Class
Time: 8-9 pm
Location: O’Keefe Complex Pool
Sponsored by: Gassett Fitness Center
Registration: Email Kelly Janos. Limited spaces available.
Contact: Kelly Janos, Gassett Fitness Center

Community Events Line Up

#EndTheStigma
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Viking 123 (Central Campus, Starbucks)
Sponsored by: Active Minds
Contact: Meaghan Bransfield, Active Minds

#EndTheStigma is a social-media focused event in which participants can get their picture taken holding a short blurb explaining why they want to “end the stigma” surrounding mental health.  The pictures will be posted to the Salem State Active Minds social media accounts accompanied by the participant’s personal story of mental health if they choose to share. We will also be distributing “self-care kits” and will be discussing the importance of self-care.

Thursday, March 30, 2017:

Bereavement Support Group
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center 219
Sponsored by: Spiritual Life Office
Contact: Laura Biddle
Helping You Help Others: Careers in Mental Health
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Location: Viking 123 (Central Campus, Starbucks)
Sponsored by: Career Services
Contact: Charlie Haycook, GA Career Services

Career Services is conducting a panel of professionals in the field of mental health education for you to connect with and learn from. We will be moderating so that the employers and graduate students can talk about their own particular jobs, how they got to the point that they are at in their career, and how you can get there too. We’ll be sure to leave time for you to ask your own questions of our panelists and network with them after the event!
Paws-itive Yoga
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Northeast Animal Shelter (Yoga with animals!)
Sponsored by: Gassett Fitness Center
Registration: Contact: Cameryn Tierno before 3/23. Limited transportation available.

Feeling doggone stressed? Having a ruff week and find yourself barking at everyone?

Join Cameryn Tierno and the Gassett Fitness Center at the Northeast Animal Shelter for a fun-filled flow accompanied by some furry friends! We’ll start the class with sweaty, vinyasa style “doga”- leaving you dog tired and ready for a long savasana. By the end of the class, you’ll feel like the person your dog thinks you are. Please bring an old or new towel to donate to the shelter. Mats will be provided by the Gassett Fitness Center. Transportation is limited to the first 11. Space is limited to first 25 students.
If you are student seeking an accommodation for one of these events, please contact Disability Services at 978.542.6217 or disability-services@salemstate.edu.

 

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