Friday, September 5, 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is coming up next week (Wednesday, September 10), and we wanted to do something special. This poster was created with a few thoughts in mind:
- The quote: If you've ever seen the movie, Dead Poets Society, you've heard the many powerful discourses given by Professor John Keating, played by Robin Williams. In one particular discourse, Keating quotes the poet, Walt Whitman, and expresses how this powerful play of life goes on and every individual has the sacred opportunity to leave their mark - to contribute a verse. He then poses the question, "What will your verse be?" Recognizing that each individual's verse is important, we ask those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide to stay alive so that they may contribute that verse. The verse that only they can offer this bizarre play we call life. We need your verse.
- The quoted: On August 11th of this year, Robin Williams's verse was cut short by suicide. As a homage to his life, we found it appropriate to utilize a quote from a role he played so well.
- The color: Orange is sometimes used to represent suicide awareness and is the color used for National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-14).
- The silhouette: The silhouetted head was chosen as a backdrop to represent a major culprit behind suicide: Mental illness. One in four adults live with mental illness at any given point each year. If you find yourself living with a mental illness, you don't need to struggle alone. Reach out to a friend or counselor to get started on the path to healing. The more we talk about mental illness, the more people will feel comfortable with asking for help. Let's remove the stigma and save lives. Use ‪#‎Act4MentalHealth‬to help the conversation gain momentum.
- The fundraiser: On World Suicide Prevention Day, we will be selling shirts with this design printed on the front. The proceeds will help pay for counseling services for SLCC students that cannot afford to pay themselves. A portion of proceeds will also go to help some of our students go to a national health conference to learn skills and tools to help our college be more inclusive of those with mental illness and know how to help those struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Please help spread the word on mental illness and suicide prevention by sharing this image throughout social media. Don't be afraid to talk about mental health and the importance of self-care.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back To School Mental Preparedness Kit GIVEAWAY

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. August brings finals from summer semester and "back to school" for fall semester students. We figured we would combine the two for a giveaway kit valued at over $50 - all about being mindful, improving mental health, and loving yourself in all your imperfect glory. And all it takes is a simple click of the mouse.

Like us on Facebook for your chance to win it all! Tell your friends and share your spoils. Bottom line is: August is going to be a good one! The contest runs from July 31 - August 31, but don't wait! Enter today!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Check out these articles!

Good afternoon, dear readers,

We have a couple articles that are pretty spectacular. Check them out for a better you:

Foods for Better Focus, Mental Clarity and Improved Memory
DYK: food affects your mind! Find out what ones will help your brain succeed the most

Health & Wellness says Miley Cyrus is wrong
This article highlights our media campaign to promote our tobacco cessation services

We hope you're all having a great, safe summer. Make sure to drop in this summer for any of your health and wellness needs!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June is National Safety Month

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
During National Safety Month, Salt Lake Community College Health & Wellness Services is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription drug abuse, distracted driving, heatstroke, and skin health.
  • Prescription drug abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
  • Distracted driving: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (18%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues.
For more information, visit our office in the Student Center (035) on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, June 9, 2014

June Summer Safety Gift Bag Giveaway!

We've got all kinds of good swag for you to get your hands on, and it couldn't be easier to win! Check out the Rafflecopter giveaway details below!

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*Winner is responsible for picking up prize from our office (STC 035)*

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sounds of Stress

Sometimes just hearing the words anxiety and stress can cause a feeling of unpleasantness.  Stress and anxiety are part of life.  They are built in to the human condition.  For college students, though there are some important factors and areas of their lives that are often the source of anxiousness and stress.  Family dynamics, finances, romantic relationships and educational hurdles are some of the most common ones.  Final exams are an example of something that is almost designed to trigger some anxiousness and stress. 

Data shows that approximately two thirds of people 18-34 experience moderate stress while nearly a third deal with severe stress.  It is important to note that stress is not restricted to only to being a negative experience. Eustress is the type of stress associated with positive and fulfilling activities and events (like finishing the semester).

While distress and anxiety are to some degree unavoidable in our lives, there are some strategies, techniques and even plain old common sense that can make managing those feelings easier. 

Regular sleep is important.  Just as stress can wear down our physical immune system it can also take a toll on our ability to focus, think logically and experience a healthy range of emotions.  Simple patterns like going to bed and the same time every night regardless of how tired you feel and doing the same for waking up can make a significant difference.

Meditating and doing deep breathing can help soothe feelings of panic.  Regular exercise, even if it is low impact can do a lot to build up depleted emotional reservoirs.  Lastly, many people find that having someone to talk to who knows how to listen, like a therapist, to be very beneficial in managing stress and anxiety.

So, while there is no magical key to eliminating all stress and anxiety from your life, there are interventions that can help you manage it better.