Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)

Brought to you by the Mental Health & Wellbeing Committee

Date(s) 

Monday, October 26, 2020 – Friday, October 30, 2020 

Location 

Zoom 

Purpose 

The purpose of MHAW is to educate graduate and professional students and postdocs on the mental health resources available to them at UK, to provide opportunities for these individuals to engage in self-care and find support among peers, and to encourage everyone at UK to prioritize their mental health needs. 

Schedule of Events 

* = a GSC sponsored event 

Monday (10/26) 

11:00 a.m. – COVID Support Wellness Workshop with UKCC 

A support program for students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need a safe space to discuss their reactions. Takes place on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register here

1:00 p.m. – Graduate and Professional Student Support Group with UKCC 

The Graduate Student Support Group is a place where graduate students can seek support around any number of issues that are interfering with or an outgrowth of their graduate study. Common discussions include the stress of graduate school; lack of progress or productivity; procrastination; deciding whether to stay in a program; problems with advisors or committees; and financial strain, often due to funding issues. Some concerns, such as family or health issues, arise that are not specific to graduate school but impact performance and progress. Many students seek out the group prior to major milestone events such as qualifying exams, dissertation or thesis defenses, and searching for jobs for post-graduation employment. The group is fairly unstructured, and the topics can vary from meeting to meeting depending on the needs of the students present. Takes place on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. To join a group, please schedule an initial consultation by calling 859-257-8701, or talk with your current UKCC clinician. 

3:00 p.m. – “Let’s Talk” with UKCC’s Dr. Amber Carter, Psy.D. 

This program is open to ANY UK student, ANYWHERE! These are brief, confidential conversations with a UKCC Clinician. Dr. Carter (Argosy University, 2016) is a Staff Psychologist at the UKCC who specializes in client-centered theory and therapy, multicultural and diversity issues, life transitions, first-generation college students, mindfulness, and parenting issues. Drop in via Zoom here

4:00 p.m. – BIPOC Graduate and Professional Student Support Group with UKCC 

A connecting and uplifting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in graduate and professional programs. Takes place on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Schedule an Initial Consult at our homepage or email tbryant@uky.edu to participate. 

6:00 p.m. – Virtual Yoga Session with Erin Short

Move with intention, breathe deeply, and unwind for an hour in this virtual yoga class with Erin Short. We'll begin with a gentle vinyasa flow, move into slower, stiller yin yoga poses, and finish with a guided meditation. Beginner friendly - no yoga experience required! Join via Zoom here

Tuesday (10/27) 

10:00 a.m. – Fitness & Stress Release Session with the GSC’s Taylor Valentino

A 30-minute workout focusing on movements that can be performed at home. All levels of fitness can participate. The goal of this workshop is to engage in physical activity that helps break up the monotony of sitting, boosts your mood, lowers stress and provides movements that can that be performed anywhere. Recommended equipment: a yoga mat or something of the like. Join via Zoom here

4:00 p.m. – Tools for Tough Times Wellness Workshop with UKCC 

Create your own mental-health toolkit as we explore a different strategy each week. Takes place on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join via Zoom here

5:00 p.m. – “Let’s Talk” with UKCC’s Dr. Alexandra Forsyth, Psy.D. 

This program is open to ANY UK student, ANYWHERE! These are brief, confidential conversations with a UKCC Clinician. Dr. Forsyth (University of Indianapolis) is a Staff Psychologist at the UKCC who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, sport psychology, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, multicultural and diversity issues, and grief and loss. Drop in via Zoom here

5:30 p.m. – Graduate and Professional Student Support Group with UKCC 

The Graduate Student Support Group is a place where graduate students can seek support around any number of issues that are interfering with or an outgrowth of their graduate study. Common discussions include the stress of graduate school; lack of progress or productivity; procrastination; deciding whether to stay in a program; problems with advisors or committees; and financial strain, often due to funding issues. Some concerns, such as family or health issues, arise that are not specific to graduate school but impact performance and progress. Many students seek out the group prior to major milestone events such as qualifying exams, dissertation or thesis defenses, and searching for jobs for post-graduation employment. The group is fairly unstructured, and the topics can vary from meeting to meeting depending on the needs of the students present. Takes place on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. To join a group, please schedule an initial consultation by calling 859-257-8701, or talk with your current UKCC clinician. 

Wednesday (10/28) 

4:00 p.m. – Mindfulness Meditation Wellness Workshop with UKCC 

The body of research on mindfulness is overwhelmingly positive and ever increasing.  Meditation is a major component of becoming more mindful and of developing a regular mindfulness practice.  Meditating can help with concentration, patience, self-compassion, sleep, and overall stress management and well-being. This drop-in workshop (no appointment needed) includes brief discussion about mindfulness practice, a professional leading guided meditations, and some silent meditation time. All levels of experience are welcome. Takes place on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join via Zoom here

4:30 p.m. – Koru Meditation Session with UK’s Dr. Beth Arnold

An introduction to the benefits of mindfulness and guided practice through the 4 types of meditations central to the Koru curriculum. Explore and practice applications of mindfulness for effective stress management, improved sleep, increased focus, and lowered anxiety. Join via Zoom here

5:00 p.m. – “Let’s Talk” with UKCC’s Tomerial Brooks, LCSW 

This program is open to ANY UK student, ANYWHERE! These are brief, confidential conversations with a UKCC Clinician. Ms. Books is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Mental Health Clinician at the UKCC who specializes in trauma survivors, wellness and stress management, women’s issues, and substance abuse/use concerns. Drop in via Zoom here

7:00 p.m. – “Personal and Institutional Transformation” Keynote Presentation by Dr. Reuben Faloughi

Dr. Faloughi will talk about his journey as an individual agent of change and as a graduate student at Mizzou in 2015, weaving in themes of personal transformation, self-empowerment, self-advocacy, personal responsibility, institutional transformation, and the importance of self-care in these processes. Following the keynote presentation, there will be a live Q&A session about these topics. Join via Zoom here

Thursday (10/29) 

1:00 p.m. – Question, Persuade, Refer (Suicide Prevention Program) Training with UKCC 

Learn to recognize the warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide and how to apply three steps to save a life. Attendees will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention as well as resource information within the community. For more information about the program, visit: www.qprinstitute.com Join via Zoom here

3:00 p.m. – White Accountability Space for Graduate and Professional Students with UKCC 

This is a group designated to help white students better recognize white supremacy culture and systemic racism and learn ways to actively deconstruct them. Takes place on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register here

5:00 p.m. – “Let’s Talk” with UKCC’s Dr. Alyssa Frye, Psy.D. 

This program is open to ANY UK student, ANYWHERE! These are brief, confidential conversations with a UKCC Clinician. Dr. Frye (Marshall University, 2017) is a Staff Psychologist at the UKCC who specializes in anxiety, disordered eating and body image concerns, Appalachian and other rural or underserved populations, first-generation college students, Autism spectrum disorders, and dialectical behavior therapy. Drop in via Zoom here

Friday (10/30) 

1:00 p.m. – Resource Fair * 

Want to know more about the mental health resources available to you at UK as a graduate student, professional student, or postdoctoral scholar? Join us for a series of short presentations from various offices and support services on campus, followed by a live Q&A session. Join us via Zoom here

1:00 p.m. – “Let’s Talk” with UKCC’s Dr. Nathaniel Hopkins, Ph.D. 

This program is open to ANY UK student, ANYWHERE! These are brief, confidential conversations with a UKCC Clinician. Dr. Hopkins (University of Illinois, 2003) is a Senior Staff Psychologist and Coordinator for Information and Systems at the UKCC who specializes in identity development, grief and loss, and performance enhancement. Drop in via Zoom here

3:00 p.m. – “Understanding Self and Others” (USO) Group for Graduate and Professional Students with UKCC 

USO Groups are designed to help you learn about yourself and how you interact with others. Group members often have a variety of initial concerns but share a desire to feel better about themselves and their relationships with others. It can be a powerful experience to realize others struggle with the same things as you do. USO groups meet for 1.5 hours each week. The USO Group for Graduate and Professional Students meets on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are a new client at the UK Counseling Center, you will first need to complete an Initial Consultation if you would like to participate in this group. You may call 859-257-8701 to schedule an appointment or you can schedule online.