Mental Health Month

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Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, an annual national awareness month that focuses attention on the importance of caring for our mental well-being, reducing stigma around mental health issues, and promoting seeking help. This year's theme at Western is “Find Your Resilience.”

At Western we believe mental health IS health, and throughout the month of May, the Counseling and Wellness Center will be offering live and virtual workshops and events around mental health. We hope you will join us! Please check back frequently for more updates on events, and follow us on Instagram.

You are not alone. Reach out for help:

WWU Counseling and Wellness Center

360-650-3164, select option 1 for after-hours support

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255

More Resources

MHM Events

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All Month Long!

This challenge is designed to help you try different things that can support your well-being and help you to cope positively with stress. Using these skills also helps you to build up your overall resilience, helping you be able to bounce back from difficult situations more quickly and easily. Prizes for participants!

Join the Resilience Challenge!

Plus, stop by our table in Red Square every Tuesday in May, noon–2 PM, for encouragement and support!

Weekly On Instagram

Join us on Instagram @BeWellWWU weekly during Mental Health Month to hear WWU mental health professionals answer student questions about mental health, featuring:

5/4 @ 5 PM: Growing Resilience

5/5 @ 4:30 PM: Impact of Substances on Our Brain

5/13 @ 4:30 PM: Resilience Challenge

5/17 @ 4:30 PM: Mental Wellness

5/23 @ 5:30 PM: Consent and Healthy Relationships

Two starfish holding a green ribbon representing Mental Health Month standing in front of a fountain above the words Kick-off in Red Square!
MAY 3 | 12 - 4 PM Red Square

Join us and our amazing campus partners in Red Square for a mental wellness fair! Have fun with arts & crafts and games, enjoy some snacks, and learn about campus resources.

Featuring:

Counseling + Wellness Center
AS Clubs
Basic Needs
Disability Outreach Center
Distracted Vikings Club
Happy Club
LGBTQ+ Western
NAMI Whatcom
Neurodivergent Club 

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May 3 | 4 PM VU 462

LGBTQ+ Western provides support and connection to resources, programming, and a website full of information. Their Trans Tea program, which happens the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 4pm, is a safe space to gather, share, and socialize!

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MAY 3 | 6 PM MCC Social Space

LGBTQ+ Western and the Ethnic Student Center are hosting the wonderful Dr. Nini Hayes, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. Dr. Hayes will lead the group in building an altar together. For the gathering, please bring something to include on the altar; this can be anything that has meaning to you or reminds you of what you are manifesting. Ideas include photos of ancestors, pictures, incense, food, gemstones or crystals, flowers or plants, beloved books, and tarot or oracle cards.

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MAY 4 | 4 - 5:30 PM Alma Clark Glass Multipurpose Space

This workshop offers tools for building resilience. Students learn about how to keep their minds balanced by engaging in different types of mental activities each day. Student will also get a head start on the Resilience Challenge by trying out different wellness activities!This workshop also includes a brief overview of WWU resources for mental wellness.

Student Registration

An illustration of the sun rising over Mount Baker below the words Wellness Wednesdays
MAY 4 | 4:30 PM Meet at the Outdoor Center

Come to a local and accessible walk in the Sehome Arboretum to de-stress after a long day of classes! We will perform contemplative activities that focus on center oneself in nature and creating internal and external awareness. Participants will have time to complete a “5 sense de-stress" activity, meditate, and journal.

Resilience Board in the VU

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MAY 6 - 12 VU 6th Floor Lobby

Stop by our Resilience Board in the VU, May 6-12, to learn more about what resilience is and how to build your resilience! Students and staff will also be able to leave messages of resilience to encourage our WWU community!

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MAY 9 | 4 -5:15 PM On Zoom For Faculty and Staff

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for faculty and staff includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of staff and faculty reaching out to students who may be in crisis. Participants will learn techniques for having difficult conversations, how to create a supportive environment for students, and learn what resources are available for students and staff at WWU in a crisis.

Faculty/Staff Registration

A blue bird wearing glasses and a honeybee and Ask the Sexperts!
MAY 9 | 5 - 6:30 PM AW 210

Bring your burning questions and let's have the sex talk you never got! Join Tracy Dahlstedt-Rienstra, Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor with a focus on sex and sexuality, and B Lourenco, Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a focus on kink, BDSM, and ethical non-monogamy, will lead our conversation about everything you ever wanted to know about kink and polyamory.

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MAY 11 | 5 - 6:30 PM AW 210

Join our Wellness Advocates for a student-led conversation about the ins and outs of consent, pleasure, and safety in your sex life!

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MAY 11 | 3 - 4 PM VU 460

Join Brandon, Director of Student Resilience, as we explore Indigenous wellness practices and strategies for building resilient communities.

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MAY 12 | 4 - 5:15 PM AW 406 For Faculty and Staff

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for faculty and staff includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of staff and faculty reaching out to students who may be in crisis. Participants will learn techniques for having difficult conversations, how to create a supportive environment for students, and learn what resources are available for students and staff at WWU in a crisis.

Faculty/Staff Registration

Illustration of a cup with a straw and a lemon wedge holding pink tea with ice cubes next to event details for Trans Tea
MAY 17 | 4 PM VU 462

LGBTQ+ Western provides support and connection to resources, programming, and a website full of information. Their Trans Tea program, which happens the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 4pm, is a safe space to gather, share, and socialize!

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MAY 17 | 5 - 6:15 PM AW 406 For Students

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for students includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of peers reaching out to other students who may be in crisis. Students learn techniques for having difficult conversations and learn what resources are available for themselves or their peers at WWU in a crisis.

Student Registration

An illustration of the sun rising over Mount Baker below the words Wellness Wednesdays
MAY 18 | 3 - 4 PM VU 460

Come join our THRIVE Wellness Advocates to discuss strategies around staying mentally well at WWU! 

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MAY 19 | 11 AM - 1 PM Red Square

Join us as we support Bellingham's MAD HOPE youth suicide prevention organization in spreading encouraging messages about mental health throughout our community! Students are encouraged to use sidewalk chalk to leave messages of hope and encouragement throughout the WWU and Bellingham community!

We'll be tabling in Red Square May 19, 11 am to 1 pm, and we encourage you to stop by, learn more, and start chalking through May 21!

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MAY 21 | 10 AM - 6 PM Lakewood

Head to Lakewood on Lake Whatcom and join the CWC and trip leaders from the Outdoor Center for a fun-filled day designed to help you feel good and explore nature! We will be playing games, kayaking, talking, eating and generally enjoying the day.If you require Adapted Equipment or think you might want assistance please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu at least one week before the trip. We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible!

 

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MAY 25 | 3 - 4 PM VU 460

Are you your own worst critic? Join Teresa as she guides you through mindful self-compassion exercises to help direct kindness towards yourself. 

Dorky Dance Fitness

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MAY 31 | 4 PM Comm Lawn

Laughing, gyrating, and getting in a workout!? We are IN! Join us for Dorky Dance Fitness on the Comm Lawn! Local circus performer and "Dork Extraordinaire" Sadye will lead us in a full-body mental health experience as we dance, sweat, and get some gains. Costumes, dorky dancewear (think leg warmers, wigs, sweatbands, etc.) are encouraged but not required. Free! Fun! Fantastic! Flamboyant! Did we mention FUN?!

Envisioning Love, Belonging, and Positive Change on Campus

MAY 31 | 10 AM - 3 PM Red Square

Surviving Academia: Envisioning Love, Belonging, and Positive Change on Campus is a fun, interactive, and creative event for students of all backgrounds to explore the arts and join in visualizing Love, Belonging, and Positive Change by contributing to the creation of a permanent art installation at Western.

This event is committed to inclusive participation. If attendees would like to request accessibility accommodations, please contact hope.corbin@wwu.edu.

Zoom Backgrounds

Show your support for Mental Health Month by displaying one of our Zoom backgrounds for all your virtual meetings during May!