Upcoming Events

Suicide Prevention Week 2021

We are Stronger Together!


Print out (here) or create your own sign of kindness to promote suicide prevention!
Hosted by SSS


9/27 - 10/1 All Week 10am-4pm: Field of Memories on the Student Union Entrance, beginning of Fairfield Way
hosted by Student Health and Wellness and UConn Active Minds

1100 flags representing college student suicide deaths will be placed on the lawn.  UConn Active Minds will be present to offer information about mental health and suicide prevention.


9/23 – Thursday 1pm-3pm: Recovery Ally Training Virtual
hosted by SHaW

The Recovery Ally Training program exists to expand awareness, sensitivity, and support to any individual on the University of Connecticut campuses in (or seeking) recovery from substance use disorders. Recovery Ally Training is delivered in an interactive two-hour session, facilitated by a member of our team or a trained community member.

Register in advance here.


9/26 – Sunday : Paint the Spirit Rock
hosted by Active Minds


9/27 - Mondays 4pm-5pm: Meditation Monday Virtual
hosted by SHaW

Engage in practices that support mental wellbeing and help build community and connection. 


9/27 - 9/29– Monday & Wednesdays 1pm-2pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays 3pm-4pm: Intro to Mindfulness SHaW Arjona room 403
hosted by SHaW

Introduction to Mindfulness is a skill-based workshop meant to support stress reduction and overall wellbeing.


9/27 – Monday 5pm: Forest Bathing forest bathing inspired meditation in the garden behind the Benton Museum

hosted by Asian American Cultural Center, and SHaW

Forest Bathing, a term derived from the Japanese physiological and psychological exercise, shinrin-yoku, bridges the gap between us and the natural world. It is being in nature and connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Join Nishelli Ahmed, Health Educator from SHaW, in an opportunity to disconnect from tech and reconnect with the natural beauty easily accessible on UConn Storrs’ campus. We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, putting phones and other electronics on "do not disturb," and bringing something to sit on (yoga mat, blanket, etc.)


9/28 – Tuesday 6pm: Suicide Prevention Week Walk meet outside the Student Union on Fairfield Way (wear yellow!)
hosted by Active Minds


9/28 & 9/30–  Tuesdays & Thursdays anytime: Gentle Therapeutic Yoga Virtual
hosted by SHaW

Therapeutic Yoga skillfully blends movement (yoga poses/somatic exploration) and breathwork, with a meditative focus for a full body practice that calms, nurtures, strengthens and opens one into flexibility of body and mind.


9/29 – Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm: Pet Therapy SHaW Wilson Hall room 126
hosted by SHaW

Stop in for pet therapy love!


9/29 – Wednesday 6:30pm-8pm: Recovery Yoga UConn Rec
hosted by SHaW

Recovery yoga sessions are for those who struggle with addiction, are affected by a loved one's addiction, and/or support the recovery lifestyle. It combines trusted recovery meeting formats combined with pranayama breathing and vinyasa yoga. 


9/30 – Thursday 11am-1pm: What is your Superpower? Student Union 
hosted by Dean of Students Office and International Student & Scholar Services

Stop by for a hands-on activity and discover your 'superpower'! Meet your fellow students, reflect on your inner strengths, share ideas and resources on connecting with others and seeking support.


9/30 – Thursday 4pm-6pm: A Deaf Perspective on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Virtual
hosted by University of Connecticut Interpreting Services

A moderated virtual discussion about mental health and intersectionality, from a Deaf perspective. People from marginalized communities experience disproportionate mental health diagnoses, and the suicide rate among these communities reflect similar data. Many of us are members of these groups in some way: we may be Deaf and Hard of Hearing, have visible or invisible disabilities, we may identify as LGBTQ+, or find our BIPOC identities adding to the risk factors we face trying to navigate community and resources. Our goal with this event is to foster conversations about how to tap into existing support networks and build new ones to keep ourselves and those we love safe. Feel free to ask honest questions without fear of reprisal. This is an inclusive space and we welcome all. ASL-English interpreters will interpret between ASL and English so all participants can communicate freely. This event will also be live captioned.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/811322656213781/
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rfWeZlIuQyevrEF7rL8vIA

CSD is also collecting anonymous messages of hope from students with disabilities for other students with disabilities! Any student who identifies as having a disability can participate here: https://forms.gle/1Vi1gJ8ppvsjHiYQ8.


9/30 – Thursday 5pm-7pm: UConn HELPS Women's Center, SU 421
hosted by the Women's Center

UConn HELPS is an interactive suicide prevention training which goes beyond basic facts about suicide. With a focus on the importance of communication and connection, participants will learn how to recognize warning signs, use empathic listening techniques, and provide compassionate support to those in crisis. This training covers the following areas:
• Brief overview of statistics related to suicide in the college population
• Discussion of myths and warning signs
• Instruction on effective listening and communication skills
• Overview of campus, state, and national resources to support someone in crisis
• Participation in a guided group role play

9/30 – Thursday 5:30pm-6:20pm: Voices of Students of Color Panel at the African American Cultural Center common room
hosted by African American Cultural Center

At this panel discussion, hear moving stories from UConn students and learn how you can help!


10/1 – Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm: Paint Night
hosted by the Rainbow Center

As Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close and LGBTQ+ History Month starts, the Rainbow Center wants to shed light on the harsh reality that members of our community are at a higher risk for experiencing mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts and/or actions. Art therapy is an experience that uses art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts. Come join us as we paint our feelings and talk about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention amongst our community. This event is open to people of any and all identities!


10/9 – Saturday 11am-1pm: Out of the Darkness Walk Rockwell Park, Bristol, CT
hosted by Rockwell Park


10/16 – Saturday 10am-12pm: Out of the Darkness Walk
hosted by Active Minds and NAMI

Raise awareness in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

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