Hello! Welcome to another installation of Wesleying’s In Depth series, where we go in depth (get it?) about some of the many, many student groups on this campus. For this installation we interviewed Paige Hutton ‘18 about the new group she helped to establish, Synapse. Paige is an advocate for greater mental health awareness, and hopes that the creation of this group will provide another space for those dealing with or concerned about mental health to gather and express their concerns and needs. Please read after the jump to learn more about the group:
Lex Spirtes ’17 writes in:
Restore mind, body, and spirit in this 9 week support group for female-identified survivors of sexual violence on Wednesdays beginning February 15th from 5:30-7:00 PM!! Topics include: self-compassion, sleep, hygiene, sex and sexuality, body image, creativity and play, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. Sessions will include art, movement, and other activities! Email Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator at awarren[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by 2/13 to sign up!!
Deadline: Monday, February 13th
Please join us on on Friday afternoon for a student panel on mental health. The main portion of the event will feature six students speaking about their experiences of living with mental illness. Following the panel we will have period of Q&A and discussion.
There will be light refreshments! This panel is brought to you by Active Minds at Wes.
Date: Friday, April 29 — TODAY
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Allbritton 103
Fresh Check Day is a wellness fair with interactive booths, free food, and great prizes, including a flatscreen TV!
This is part of a national effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. It is a celebratory fair-like event that empowers students to recognize warning signs of depression or suicide, and de-stigmatizes asking for help.
Come through Usdan on February 25th from 11:30 to 2:30 to join in!
Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Daniel Pope ’16 writes in with information on WESupport group meetings:
Hello Wes! WESupport, the peer mental health student group, is offering three General Support groups this semester!
If you’ve been struggling with anxiety, depression, the pace of college life, loneliness, stress, relationships, or anything else, please come join us! Trained students facilitate, as well as participate, in the support groups. Groups will maintain a strict policy of confidentiality in order to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all attendees. The groups will meet Mondays 7-8:15, Wednesdays 4:30-5:45, and Thursdays 7-8. All groups will be held in the Solarium on the 2nd floor of the Davison Health Center. They have started meeting, so come out if you are struggling with something and you need support from fellow Wesleyan students.
Find more information on this website. If you have any questions, email WESupport[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
WESupport group meeting information:
Days and times: Mondays, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm; Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm; Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: Solarium, Davison Health Center (2nd floor)
This post is part of a series of reflections on the recent events on campus. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.
In the past two weeks, we have heard many, many calls for some form of “self-care.” Usually these are the kinds of things that I ignore, since they too often rub me the wrong way. It’s taken me an entire week to work up the nerve to write this. Even as I write this, I’m still not sure how to approach the topic, both generally and through the lens of my own slow quest to take better care of myself. It’s taken me most of my teen and adult life to get to a point of acknowledging that I take really shitty care both of my corporeal vessel and my.. soul, or whatever.
Just as we should be kind and respectful of people around us, we should also try, to the best of our abilities, to be kind to ourselves. We should give both our bodies and our minds the same kind of compassion we would give to the people we love. But efforts to practice self-care are so often intertwined with the struggle against a number of factors outside of our control, and self-care itself is a very personal and very relative thing. I’m still trying to figure out a good way to practice self-care in a manageable way, a way that doesn’t add to my stress, a way that makes me feel less empty.
Rhetoric about self-care without acknowledging such variables places nearly all of the responsibility for ‘getting help’ on people who might not have much of an opportunity to be kind to themselves. It’s especially hard when the assumed first step of self-care is seeing someone at CAPS — although I’ve found them helpful, students often have to wait at least a week for an appointment if they have the time for a visit at all. Likewise, it’s difficult to speak broadly to any group of people about self-care without making it seem like outside factors aren’t important, or like self-care only takes one form.
From Elizabeth Arslanoglou ’16:
Are you an international student? Are you facing difficulties in adapting to classes and social life at WES? Do you feel that your cultural norms are different from those in the US? Do you believe that there are many things you just don’t get here? Do you feel homesick? Do you want a group of people similar to you to talk to?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us in our New Mental Health Support Group, specifically focused on International Students. The group will be facilitated by trained students who will also be active participants in the discussion. We will be having weekly friendly conversations about issues that concern us, relative to our transition from other cultures into a US college campus. You are not the only one out there facing “culture shock” so come share your experiences and thoughts!
Date: February 23-May 11
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel Meditation Room
WESupport writes in to invite you to their office hours, which start today:
If you’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety, the pace of college life, loneliness, stress, or anything else of that nature, come to office hours hosted by WESupport. WESupport is a student-run group affiliated with Wesleyan’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) that aims to provide daytime support for students and help students navigate Wesleyan’s resources. We hold office hours to provide support for students who would like to speak confidentially with a peer. Our office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 1-4pm every week. For more information, go to our website.
Dates and times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: SART intern room, Davison Health Center
An update from our friends at 8-to-8:
Want to talk? Starting now, due to being understaffed, 8-to-8 is operating at new hours. We are now available Sunday to Wednesday from 7pm to 7am on both calls and chat and Thursday to Saturday from 10pm to 2am *chat only*.
If you have tried to contact us and we were not there, we offer you our sincerest apologies! Please try calling at these new hours and someone will be there.
The MINDS Foundation believes that fostering open discussion is one of the best ways to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness. Come to hear six of your peers share their experiences with mental health from both academic and personal perspectives and to participate in a discussion about the ways in which mental health can influence the lives of students. Refreshments will be provided.
Event sponsored by The MINDS Foundation and Well-Being House.
Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 3:30-5 PM
Place: Usdan 108