World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

In a world that seems to be getting more and more divided, it can feel like there’s not much you can do.

And yet, we all know that doing small acts of kindness for strangers or people in need is one of the best ways to make the world a better place. It doesn’t take much effort, but it has an incredible impact on those around us.

The purpose of World Kindness Day, as outlined by the World Kindness Movement, is “to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.” #VTBetterTogether

National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day is a sponsored event by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), a registered charity promoting knowledge about stress, best practices for stress management, well-being, and performance that are recognized nationally and internationally. 

Chronic stress is the prolonged and constant feelings of stress that can lead to life-threatening problems. From hypertension, heart diseases, decreased immunity, loss of sociability, and decreased mental vitality, stress is not to be taken lightly.

To break the chain reaction, National Stress Awareness Day is a day-long event to take a deep breath and embrace peace to break the chain reaction. The day is celebrated mid-week on Wednesday (usually the most exhausting, stressful) to remind individuals and companies that stress management is fundamental to optimum performance. #VTBetterTogether

Mental Health Tip

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, a quick way to alleviate those feelings is by doing breathing exercises. Take a deep breath and step away. Take a walk on campus and enjoy the colors of fall. #VTBetterTogether

OCD Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week; October 10th-16th

#OCDWeek began in 2009 to share knowledge and reduce stigma around OCD and related disorders. OCD affects males and females equally and affects approximately 2% of people at some point during their lives.

People can confuse being a perfectionist with having OCD, but OCD can be a debilitating condition that can impact work, relationships, or school and is very different from a quest for flawless results in a task.

Mental Health Tip

Put limits on work hours.

You can’t work all the time; fun and relaxation have to be part of your
routine as well. Limit the times when you will work to give yourself time to sleep and rest up so you won’t get sick. Stay healthy, Hokies; mentally and physically. #VTBetterTogether 

World Mental Health Day

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.

Yet, there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments worldwide recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations. #WorldMentalHealthDay #VTBetterTogether

National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day!BouquetWhatever it means to you & whatever feelings you hold around coming out, you belong in this world & the LGBTQ+ community.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the JED Foundation is holding a webinar. They invite educators, administrators, mental health practitioners, and families to join us for a webinar this Wednesday, October 13, at 4 p.m. ET: Introducing the Proud and Thriving Framework to Support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Students.

During the webinar, they’ll share highlights from their research findings. Additionally, they’ll preview the set of recommendations developed for individuals and schools to serve as a guide for creating affirming and supportive school environments for LGBTQ+ students and their allies to build better mental health outcomes.

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