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Mental Health Support Group

support-group-meetingThe WESupport student group is once again teaming up with Counseling and Psychological Services to bring you the Mental Health Support Groups. This year, WESupport will offer two weekly meetings in order to fulfill the varying needs of the student body. If you’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety, the pace of college life, loneliness, stress, or anything else of that nature, you should join us! All are welcome! The groups will be facilitated by trained students who are also participants. We maintain a policy of confidentiality among group members in order to ensure as safe and respectful an environment as possible.

* On Mondays 4:30-5:45pm the group will remain open for students to come and go each week as they please.
* On Wednesdays 4:30-5:45pm we will meet as a closed group that maintains a set number of members, which will be solidified within the first couple weeks of meeting.

The first meeting of the open group is Monday, September 15th, from 4:30-5:45pm.

The first meeting of the closed group is Wednesday, September 17th, from 4:30-5:45pm.

Both groups will meet in the solarium on the 2nd floor of the Davison Health Center. Anyone and everyone is welcome at both first meetings!

If you have any questions or concerns, email us at WESupport[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Hope to see you there!

Date of open group: Monday, September 15
Time: 4:30-5:45 PM

Date of closed group: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 4:30-5:45 PM

Place: Davison Health Center solarium

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Day of Happiness

Mr.Happy_From WesWell:

WesWell & CAPS want to provide you with inspiration for maintaining positivity during the Day of Happiness THIS Wednesday, April 30. We have two great events—each with FREE DINNER planned for you! Check
out the details and Facebook events:

1. The Science of Happiness & Notably Sharp Performance (5pm in Usdan 108) Hear Mariah Schug, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan, speak about positive psychology and how to integrate its ideas and findings into your approach to life. FREE DINNER provided!

Veritas Forum: Making Sense of Mental Health


Jamie Jung ’16 writes in about an exploration of the physical and spiritual approaches to depression and addiction:

Undoubtedly the issue of depression is a rampaging topic not only in schools, but in one’s personal mind. But what triggers it? How does one deal with it? Bring your own questions (and most importantly, yourself!) to the 3rd annual Veritas Forum at Wesleyan University.

Dr. Dan Blazer – Vice Chair of Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

Dr. Nii Addy – Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Yale University

Moderated by Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea – Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Wesleyan University

Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Exley 150
Cost: Free

Support Services

This message went out a few days ago, but merits a reminder.

From CAPS Director Jennifer D’Andrea:

The Wesleyan community mourns the loss of Noah Langholz, who took his life while on leave from Wesleyan on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  Staff from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are working with Noah’s friends and classmates to plan a campus memorial that will take place in the near future.

The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS) and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life(ORSL) are available to provide support to anyone who is struggling and in need of assistance.  Please do not hesitate to reach out and make use of the following resources.

(As always in an emergency students may contact 860-685-2910)

Here One Day Screening

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From CAPS and Active Minds:

You are invited to a special, sneak peek screening of HERE ONE DAY, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Q&A to follow with the Director and her brother, Josh Leichter ’90.

When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into the apartment she grew up in after her mother committed suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life, including marriage, motherhood, and her struggles with bipolar disorder. Playing like a Greek tragedy, HERE ONE DAY is a bracing, visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

HERE ONE DAY recently had its world premiere in The Netherlands at IDFA, one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world. Come join us for this special pre-release screening and discussion. More info here and here.

Date: Wednesday, March 6th
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Judd 116

Snacks and Coffee Provided. Cosponsored by Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services

Navigating Relationship Transitions: Break-ups and Beyond

Some wise words from our Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, Alysha Warren

We grow and evolve throughout our lives. Along with these personal shifts come shifts in our relationships –- we transition in and out of romantic relationships, becoming closer with some friends and drifting away from others. Although this is a common experience, transitions can be painful. Come join us in an interactive discussion about picking up the pieces and moving forward, evaluating lessons learned and answering the age old question, “Can we still be friends?” 

Place: Downey House Lounge
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Facilitators: Alysha Warren, CAPS Extern Amy Marschall and you
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WeSupport: Train to be a Peer Mental Health Advocate

As one of the organizers of last semester’s Send Silence Packing suicide awareness event (remember that thing with all the backpacks?), I got a lot of questions along the lines of “What can I do to help my friends who are struggling with mental illnesses?” and “How can we build a community in which we support each other and ultimately prevent suicide?” WeSupport, a program cosponsored by CAPS and Active Minds, is an attempt to address these issues:

WeSupport is a 6-session workshop offered by Counseling and Psychological Services and Active Minds.  In a series of six 1-hour discussions, we will train students to be peer mental health advocates.  Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become conversant in both campus and community resources.  Students who complete the six-session series will have the option of joining a network of Wesleyan peer mental health advocates.

Schedule of sessions and info about how to sign up after the jump.

The Gospel According to Josh


Join us for a unorthodox, dare I call it, “indie” musical theater experience…

Come to a special performance by Josh Rivedal, actor, producer and ordained minister;

“A 30-character, 12 song one-man show about a boy’s journey through religion, reality TV, and his Father’s suicide”.

For more info check out Josh’s website: www.thegospelaccordingtojosh.com and the Facebook Event

Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 8:00-9:00 PM
Place: Shanklin 107

Sponsored by CAPS and Active Minds

Hear what those off the beaten track,indie critics have to say after the jump

International Survivors of Suicide Day

Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Would you like to support those that have?

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will bring together thousands of people around the world who are bereaved after a suicide loss to share in a day of healing and support through the thirteenth annual International Survivors of Suicide Day program. A local International Survivors of Suicide Day conference will be held at Wesleyan University on Saturday, November 19, at the Usdan University Center, Room 108. The program will also be available online at www.afsp.org and archived for two years

 To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Day, visit www.afsp.org, or  call (518) 369-7695 or email Hannah Monk hmonk(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Co-sponsored by Active Minds at Wesleyan, CAPS, the MINDS Foundation, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Date: Saturday, November 19th
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Place:  Usdan 108

The Unofficial Guide to CAPS

Been thinking about going to CAPS but unsure of what to expect out of your first appointment?

Active Minds at Wesleyan has created this handy unofficial guide to CAPS to help you out…

Why make an appointment? Everyone can benefit from therapy, and at Wesleyan it’s free. Whether you are barely holding it together or finding college to be “the best years of your life” talking to a professional can be cathartic and very constructive. Last year approximately 1 out of every 5  Wesleyan students used CAPS.

How to make an appointment? Call CAPS at 860-685-2910 Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM. If you have an after hours emergency call the same number and you will be connected to the on-call therapist. CAPS tries to keep the wait time for your first appointment to under a week. If you are really in distress, there are drop in hours in the afternoons. These hours vary so call to find out when they are.

What to expect during your first appointment? CAPS shares a waiting room and a receptionist with the Davison Health Center, ensuring anonymity. There is no way for anyone to know whether you are there for CAPS or for the health center. When you arrive for your first appointment, you will be given some paperwork to fill out that asks about your general mental health history. Your therapist will look over the paperwork and then will likely allow the session to take whatever form you want.