International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a day where we recognize those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Know that there is hope in moving forward and that you are not alone. Your mental health matters, too. #VTBetterTogether
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
In the spirit of Halloween, be festive with your favorite people on campus! Go to the pumpkin patch and paint pumpkins with friends. #VTBetterTogether
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; 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.
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
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
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.
To RSVP visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mg2q-TJUTvyl1kNkuvp7VA
Every day we strive to raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health. #VTBetterTogether