Well-being Day

Tomorrow, April 26th, is your fifth and final well-being day of the semester. Take this day to focus on your mental health and well-being! To spread happiness, share ideas on how to spend the day. Tomorrow, post photos of you enjoying your well-being day and use the hashtag #VTBetterTogether. 

Out of Darkness Walk

Take a walk today in support of suicide prevention. Just know that you are never alone and that Together we are Better.

“The Community Walks, held in hundreds of cities across the country, are the core of the Out of the Darkness movement, which began in 2004. These events give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost.” -National Suicide Prevention Team #TogetherToFightSuicide #VTBetterTogether

Day of Silence

My Silence, My Story.

The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.

Started in the mid 90’s by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence events to share their experiences and to bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.

https://www.glsen.org/day-of-silence #VTBetterTogether

Earth Week

This week is Earth week.

The environment hosts so many unique things. In honor of Earth Week, get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the planet we live on. Together, we can prevent environmental destruction and protect our land. Together, we can Restore Our Earth and enjoy its many wonders. Together we can promote mental well-being. Together we are better.

Mental Health Tip

Engage in activities that provide a deeper meaning. Partake in activities that make you feel happy, productive, and challenge your creativity. VT Recreational Sports offers many indoor and outdoor activities. Visit their website to explore a new activity. https://recsports.vt.edu/

Photo Credit: Isabella Moncure

Hokie Hiccups

Join us Saturday, April 24th from 7:00-8:30pm, virtually, for Hokie Hiccups! From little hiccups to epic failures, we all stumble on our path to growth. Let’s normalize it! The event this year will be a mix of recorded and live performances that will be live streamed.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/hiccups2021 and a link will be sent to you when it is available. #VTBetterTogether

Caldwell March

First-year cadets and their training cadre honor in the fall the first half of the 26-mile journey Addison Caldwell, Virginia Tech’s first student, made in 1872. They will complete the second half today. Let’s support our cadets! If you know a first-year cadet, give them your support. #VTBetterTogether

Walk or Run in Remembrance

The We Remember website provides information about the 32 students and faculty members who were tragically taken from their loved ones and our community on April 16, 2007.

We hope that you are able to reflect on the tremendous promise each of them embodied for our world with creativity, intelligence, humility, and humanity. Because of our shared obligation to do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the members of our extended community, particularly those who are most vulnerable, Virginia Tech will alter its 2021 Day of Remembrance events to promote social distancing and discourage large public gatherings. #VTBetterTogether

Well-being Quote

Engage in kindness today and everyday.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a hug, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia