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Join us Oct. 5-11, 2020, for a week of events that support your mental health and well-being. The Wellness Hub is dedicated to providing mental health education and empower our students to take care of themselves — mind, body, and soul. We have teamed up with experts and students to bring you “Healthy Selfie Week,” a week focused on mental health in graduate school through virtual trainings, workshops, discussions with experts, and a panel of students.

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Below are the scheduled events:

Oct. 5: Red Folder training: Assisting Students with Mental Health Crisis

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we are kicking off Healthy Selfie week Oct. 5 with the UMB Student Counseling Center's Red Folder training to assist students experiencing a mental health crisis.

In a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, one in four young adults between 18 and 24 said they have seriously contemplated suicide during the pandemic. In this training, the UMB community will learn how to assist students who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Led by Jenna Silverman, PhD, a psychologist at the UMB Student Counseling Center, participants will be introduced to a practical tool called the “Assisting Students in Distress Folder.” This folder contains a quick reference guide, as well as information on how to recognize symptoms, respond to classmates, and refer them for therapy or other immediate help. 

Faculty and staff will meet via Zoom at 11 a.m. Register here.

Students will meet via Zoom at noon. Register here.

Oct. 6: 10 Signs of a Healthy and Unhealthy Relationship during COVID-19

This relationship workshop, being held via Zoom at 4 p.m. Oct. 6, is an opportunity for you to think deeply about healthy and unhealthy relationships in ways that are active and creative.

Participants will explore and understand the 10 signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and reflect on how to support a friend who is in an unhealthy relationship. We will have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be in a healthy relationship — including family, friends, and romantic — during a time when we might be in close quarters with some and separated from others. This event is open to the UMB community. 

Register here.

Oct. 7: Preventing Activism Burnout

Our nation is experiencing two crises simultaneously: the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice and unrest. Join us for a discussion at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 with Chaia Grubbs, LCSW-C from the Student Counseling Center, as we bring awareness and navigate activism burnout.

Register here.

Oct. 7: Health at Any Size: Diets, Fads, and Creating Healthy Food Habits

In this workshop at 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Alexa Bedingfield, MS, CNS, LDN, will discuss the dangers of popular diets, what happens when a wellness-focused life goes too far, and weight stigma's negative effect on our health. 

Register here.

Oct. 8: Baltimore: How to Feel Connected to a New City

According to a recent survey by the American College Health Association, 64 percent of college students reported feeling extremely lonely in the last year. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded these feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety, and depression. During this period of social isolation, uncertainty and abrupt transitions, students are prone to further worsening of these feelings.

At noon Oct. 8, join University of Maryland School of Medicine upperclassmen who will discuss how to navigate a new city, new classmates, and helpful resources on campus. 

Register here.

Oct. 9: Intimate Relationships during COVID-19: Let’s Stay Safe

Sex during the coronavirus pandemic requires a whole new set of precautions in addition to those that prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Join us at noon Oct. 9 via Zoom for a chat with Dr. Jessica Lee, a physician and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, as she explores dating, new sexual partners, and precautions you can take during COVID-19. For students only.

Register here.

Oct. 11: Cooking with Nutritionist in 30 Minutes or Less

Join nutritionist Alexa Bedingfield, MS, CNS, LDN, as she prepares a balanced, filling, seasonal meal with common pantry staples. Participants will receive the recipe and a list of ingredients to have on hand prior to the class if you'd like to follow along in your own kitchen. The class will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 via Zoom.

Register here.


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