Past Events


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


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.