UK Human Resources

Mind Your Health - Mental Health Awareness Month

What You Need to Know: 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Office of Work-Life has several events planned, including a kick-off walk on Thursday, May 1st from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Mind Your Health." Throughout the month, UK students and employees as well as the general public can attend sessions and panel discussions related to Children’s Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health in Older Adults, and Mental Health Recovery. Participants will also be provided with tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health, as well as learning about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness.

Preliminary event information is listed below. Please check back often for updates and registration information. Also be sure to "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more information about Mental Health Awareness Month.

If you have any questions contact Ann Bassoni, MSW, LCSW,  Work+Life Connections Coordinator at or Lisa R. Collins, Work-Life Staff Support, at or (859) 257-8763. 

Fact Sheets

Healthy Diet: Eating with Mental Health in Mind

Rest, Relaxation and Exercise

Supplements: Weighting Benefits and Risks

Social Support: Getting Connected, Stay Connected

Stress: Coping with Everyday Problems


Mental Health Month Events at UK Printable Flyer (download, print and distribute)

Mind Your Health Calendar/Poster

Press Release

Mental Health Month at the University of Kentucky

Mental Health Awareness Month Kick-Off Walk
Thursday, May 1 at 12:00 p.m. 
Starting Location: Area between Mining & Minerals Building and Parking Structure #2 
Click here to register.
Please note that in case of rain, you can visit us in Room 102 of the Mining and Minerals Building. There you can pick up a packet with mental health and wellness information as well as more info about other events being held in May.

Join us as we kick-off Mental Health Awareness Month with a one-mile walk around campus. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness as well as local mental health resources. 


ADHD: An Overview and Update
Speaker: Marian A. Swope, MD, UK College of Medicine
Tuesday, May 6; 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library
Click here to watch a recording of this session via Adobe Connect. A PDF copy of Dr. Swopes' PowerPoint presentation is available here

Join us for a continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m., and then hear from Marian A. Swope, MD from the UK College of Medicine as she speaks about ADHD. There will also be time for Q & A. 


Challenging Stigma and Finding Hope: Exploring the Continuum of Suicide Bereavement
Julie Cerel, Ph.D. and Rebecca Sanford, MSSA, UK College of Social Work
Thursday, May 15; 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library
Click here to watch a recording of this session via Adobe Connect. 
Click here for a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
It was once suggested that each suicide impacts the lives of six individuals or "survivors" left to mourn their loved one. However, current data shows that half of people know someone in their lifetime who is exposed to suicide. Instead of talking just about survivors, the continuum of survivorship refers to the idea that many people are exposed while some become affected and others go on to become bereaved. This presentation will explore the continuum of suicide bereavement and the ways in which exposure to the suicide death can impact those left behind. Through exploration of this new paradigm, the hope is to break down the stigma associated with suicide. The presentation will also offer strategies for finding hope after exposure to suicide, with a discussion on specific resources at the various points on the continuum.
#AskACat Twitter Chat
Tuesday, May 20; 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mental health will be the topic of May's AskACat Twitter Chat. 

Mental Health Recovery Across Kentucky
David Susman, Ph.D., Psychological Services Director, Eastern State Hospital & Director, Jesse G. Harris, Jr. Psychological Services Center at UK; David Riggsby, Co-Director of Kentucky STARS, Recovery Enthusiast; Sarah Brumfield, Kentucky Peer Specialist and Training Coordinator for Particpation Station; Jean Lafky, Kentucky Peer Specialist
Tuesday, May 20; 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library
Click here for a PDF of the "Promoting Recovery" Power Point from NAMI Lexington. 
Click here for a PDF of the "A Little Conversation about Recovery" Power Point. 


People with mental illness can lead healthy and fulfulling lives. This panel will define mental health recovery and explain what is happening across the Commonwealth to ensure recovery happens! 

Mental Health of Seniors
Georgia Swank, The Ridge
Thursday, May 22 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library
Click here for a PDF of the "Mental Health of Seniors" Power Point presentation.
Click here to watch a recording of this session via Adobe Connect.
Older adults have special physical, emotional and social needs. Georgia Swank, from The Ridge, will be with us to discuss how these needs and mental health align. Coping with change, stress, death, depression, memory problems, and anxiety are just some of the concerns our older adults have. Emotional problems may occur for the first time in an older adult who is suffering from chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, or other medical disorders. Understanding how coping with health and function changes can affect our older loved ones and give us insight into how we can be better caregivers.