Past Events

Suicide Prevention Week 2021

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Print out (here).pdf 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)

Fresh Check Week 2021

Stomp Out The Stigma Walk
Monday, March 15th, 2021
1 PM - 2 PM

As part of Fresh Check Week, you are invited to walk two miles in order to STOMP out the Stigma that can be associated with mental illness and suicide. We will walk in solidarity to raise awareness about the importance about talking about and caring for college student mental health.
The two mile on-campus loop will include a walk with UCPD’s Sgt. Cheney and Tildy! If you haven’t met Tildy yet, come meet another lovable UConn pup. Registration is required for the in-person walk. A virtual option is also available. Meet for the Walk between the School of Business and the Rec Center.
Please understand that masks are required throughout the entire event and adhering to all COVID protocols is still in place. Dairy Bar gift cards will be given to registrants who complete the walk.

Link to register: suicideprevention.uconn.edu/stomp-out-the-stigma-walk/

Holistic Huskies for Fresh Check Day
Monday, March 15th - Friday March 19th

The Holistic Huskies is a student-made podcast for the UConn community to connect and discuss their trials and tribulations with mental health. The Holistic Huskies want to hear your story and journey with mental health to not only normalize these conversations, but also to empower others to share as well.

All Fresh Check Week events are eligible for wellness points, including listening to a Holistic Huskies Podcast episode. Don't forget to submit for wellness points and earn prizes for your participation!

More info: studenthealth.uconn.edu/holistic-huskies

Paint Your Art Out for Fresh Check Day
Monday, March 15th, 2021
3:30 PM - 5 PM

Join us for a step-by-step paint (or drawing) session, thanks to a "Muse Paintbar To-Go" video. We will be hosting this as a hybrid event, with space for 20 people in Werth Tower & others virtually.

To reserve an in-person spot: s.uconn.edu/rsvpforpaint
Link to this meeting: s.uconn.edu/paintyourartout

Guided Meditation inspired by Forest Bathing
Monday, March 15th, 2021
5 PM - 6 PM

Join SHaW health educator Nishelli Ahmed for a guided meditation that is forest bathing inspired! Hosted by SHaW and AsACC for Fresh Check week. No meditation experience required, all are welcome!

Link to this meeting: uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/nia14003
Meditation background photos: drive.google.com/drive/folders/1w1k_EZ6PtdJb-ziT5L9iFbcvNO5BMMwe

Aware About Rare: Student Panel on Rare Diseases and Mental Health
Monday, March 15th, 2021
7 PM - 8 PM

Link to this meeting: uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m1438a0ce15fca38211898c4a20358949
Meeting ID: 120 742 9189       Password: 2TYnC9i4BTX

The Case for Uncertainty
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
9 AM - 10 AM

Research has proposed that the experience of uncertainty and a tendency to avoid uncertain states may play a role in the development of anxiety and mood disorders. This special topic seminar will explore the role of uncertainty in our psychological life. Topics covered will include a brief overview of how the mind attempts to resolve ambiguity, inconsistent thoughts, as well as a discussion on how opening ourselves up to uncertainty may lead to a more enriching psychological life. Approximately 40 minute presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of open time for questions, reactions, and comment.

Link to this meeting: uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=ma9bc89e122ad63347a204f306a1e6c27
Password: huskies2021

Be Yourself: BYO Craft Night & Pet Photo Display With The Rainbow Center
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
6 PM - 8 PM

Do you love pets? Do you like crafting? If so, come join the Rainbow Center for Be Yourself: BYO Craft Night & Pet Photo Display!
For this event, we are requesting photo submissions from patrons of their pets in advance of the event through our social media. Once the photo submissions are received, we will then create a slideshow presentation to showcase at our craft night! We encourage folx to bring their own art/crafting supplies and come join us for a night of relaxation! Be Yourself through artistic expression and pet photos!

Link to event: zoom.us/j/94822054270?pwd=bzl2MzVRQmk5N25Hbm12ZzhoeUp1Zz09
Meeting ID: 948 2205 4270       Password: xUs71z

Link to photo submission: forms.gle/UU9Jyp9q3TB59imDA

No Friend Left Naloxone 
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
3 PM - 4 PM

Link to this meeting: uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=mc277605dff6fd11fd884b488cff4c61a

Open Mic
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
6:30 PM - 8 PM

Student Support Services presents an Open Mic Night for ALL UConn students to participate, or just to enjoy! It will be a safe zone for spoken word, song, joke, dance, and sharing your talents. Join us for a fun and uplifting night! We hope to see you there!

Link to event: https://uconnvtc.webex.com/meet/sssevents

We're Not Really Strangers
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
7 PM - 8 PM

We're Not Really Strangers is a purpose-driven card game and movement all about empowering meaningful connections. There are three levels; perception, connection, and reflection. The questions at each level allow you to make empowering and meaningful connections.
We will be playing this game during our weekly Active Minds meeting at 7 pm over Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join! We are excited to see you there!Link to event: https://zoom.us/j/99803015200?pwd=cm1ldTMzWnY0UHFUZDlPY3oxdFgrdz09
Meeting ID: 998 0301 5200 Passcode: active

Wellness in Color
Friday, March 19th, 2021
10 AM - 4 PM
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Suicide Prevention Week 2020

Suicide Prevention Week 2020

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

9/18 - 9/26 All Week: Field of Memories 
hosted by Student Health and Wellness and UConn Active Minds
Join the virtual Field of Memories on social media! We encourage you to screen shot @UConnStudentHealth's FOM post, share a message of hope and show your support for suicide prevention by typing on the yellow flag. Tag @UConnStudentHealth & @ActiveMindsUConn and use #UConnSuicidePrevention!

Active Minds is also hosting virtual tabling sessions every day this week from 12-2 pm to support the virtual field of memories! Click here for the Zoom invite. Meeting ID: 937 7736 5669. Passcode: active

9/19, 9/26, 10/3 Saturday's 10am-4pm: Mental Health First Aid Certificate Training
hosted by Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, national certificate course that teaches participants how to respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges. The training teaches skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis.
Participants will complete a two-step process, comprised of a 2-hour self-paced online class, followed by a 6-hour, instructor-led class on Zoom. The virtual training uses the newly revised curriculum with expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care.
Register here (choose one): September 19th, September 26th, or October 3rd.

9/23 – Wednesday 5pm-6pm: Guided Meditation
hosted  by Asian American Cultural Center, and SHaW
Join a guided meditation with SHaW's Health Educator, Nishelli Ahmed
Register here in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

9/24 – Thursday 5pm: Love & Kindness Meditation. Click here to join!
hosted by PRLACC and the Women's Center
Feeling stressed? Tired? Alone? Join the Women's Center & PRLACC for a virtual community meditation session centered on Love & Kindness!

9/24 – Thursday 3pm-5pm: A Deaf Perspective on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
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.
Register here in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

9/24 – Thursday 5:30pm: Student Voices Panel at the African American Cultural Center. Click here to join!
hosted by African American Cultural Center
At this virtual panel discussion, hear moving stories from UConn students and learn how you can help!

9/26 – Saturday 12:30pm-2:30pm: Rainbow Hike; Horsebarn Hill
hosted by Rainbow Center
Join the Rainbow Center on it's annual Rainbow Hike around Horsebarn Hill! Registration will be limited to the first 10 people, and masks will be required.
The meeting location will be disclosed in a subsequent email to the 10 registrants. Unfortunately, the limit of 10 is due to the Town of Mansfield's ban on large gatherings.
Registration Link

Suicide Prevention Week 2019

9/22 - 9/28 All Week: Field of Memories on the Student Union Entrance/Lawn
hosted by 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.

9/22 Sunday 10am-12pm: HELPS Training  location Student Union rm 303
hosted by Student Health and Wellness (SHaW), and USG
Helping Everyone Learn to Prevent Suicide (HELPS) training, open to students.

9/23 Monday 11am-2pm: Listen Louder at the Student Union
hosted by Dean of Students Office, Protect Our Pack, and SHaW
As part of suicide prevention week, mental health and the dean of students are teaming up to provide an interactive program for students to share brief stories with other students, connect, and meet others.

9/23 Monday 4pm-7pm: Wellness Café at Lou’s Café – Family Studies Bldg, 1st floor
hosted by USG
Join USG at the Wellness Café, play some games, relax, eat some snacks, and enjoy conversation!

9/24 Tuesday 2-4pm: Listen Louder: Start Write Now on Fairfield Way
hosted by S.H.O.T (Student Health Outreach Team)
Learn how journaling can help you listen better to yourself, and promote overall wellbeing.

9/24 Tuesday 6pm: “To Write Love on her Arms” film screening and discussion at Women’s Center Program Room
hosted by Women’s Center and SHaW
Starring Kat Dennings, this movie dramatizes the story behind the global TWLOHA movement.  

9/25 Wednesday 11am-1pm: Community Healing through Music on Fairfield Way
hosted by Puerto Rican & Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC)
PRLACC will be tabling to bring awareness through music and lyrics on current issues affecting the Latinx community.

9/26 – Thursday 5:30pm: Student Voices Panel at the African American Cultural Center Program Room
hosted by African American Cultural Center
At this panel discussion, hear moving stories from UConn students and learn how you can help!

9/26 – Thursday 7pm-9pm: Suicide Prevention Week Keynote Speaker Beth Macy - Dopesick: America’s Epidemic at the Jorgensen Center
hosted by SHaW, SUBOG, Journalism Department, and Student Activities
Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, explores how America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction started, how it spread from the inner-city to the distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; and it’s heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in the end, Macy still finds reason to hope - and see’s signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary to build a better future for communities, families and those addicted.

Following the lecture will be an audience Q&A and book signing.

9/27 – Friday 1:15pm-2:15pm: International Students and Mental Health: Lunch and Discussion at ISSS in McMahon Rm 183
hosted by International Student & Scholar Services and SHaW
International students at U.S. colleges are facing mental health challenges at high rates, just like their American peers. However, they may be less likely than their American peers to seek help.  In this facilitated discussion, we’ll explore the following questions: What is mental health, and how is it perceived and supported in different countries? What are the unique mental health needs of international students and scholars? How can you help someone who is struggling?

9/27 – Friday 3pm-5pm: Forest Bathing  UConn Forest (meet at the Dairy Bar)
hosted  by Asian American Cultural Center, and SHaW
Learn about the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, and join a guided meditation through the UConn Forest

9/28 Saturday Shuttle leaves South Garage at 8am, return by 1:30pm: Out of the Darkness Walk- Great River Park, 301-331 E River Dr - East Hartford, CT
hosted by SHaW, Active Minds, NAMI
Raise awareness in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

RESCHEDULED 10/3 – Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm: Out-to-Lunch “Understanding Suicide Risks Among LGBT Veterans in VA Care” at the Rainbow Center Program Room
hosted by Rainbow Center
Dr. Joseph Goulet will discuss the research risk and protective factors related to LGBT Veterans’ risk for suicide in all gender, age, racial and ethnic groups. 

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