Mental Health Month

Two starfish holding a green ribbon representing Mental Health Month

May Is Mental Health Month!

May is Mental Health Month, an annual national awareness month that focuses attention on the importance of caring for our mental well-being, reducing stigma around mental health issues, and promoting seeking help.

We Need Your Input!

We are creating a special Mental Health Month Q&A series with mental health professionals at WWU to answer students' questions about mental health. As part of the planning process, we'd love to hear from YOU about mental health topics you're interested in. Have you ever wondered how counseling works? Had questions about medication? Had a concern about how your mental health affects your sex life? This is your chance to get answers from the experts! Please take a few minutes to answer 3 questions in our anonymous feedback and suggestions questionnaire!

Mental Health Month Programs on Zoom and IRL!

At Western we believe that mental health IS health. Western's Counseling Center and Prevention and Wellness Services are teaming up to offer live workshops and conversations via Zoom AND in person (COVID-19 precautions in place) around mental health throughout the month of May, and we hope you will join us! Please check back frequently for more updates on events, and follow us on Instagram.

Happening ALL month long:

Resilience Challenge

Virtual 5K

Happening WEEKLY:

Outdoor Wellness Breaks

Grow & Glow Yoga Flow

Wellness Wednesdays

Mindful Self-Compassion 

Men & Mental Health (5/13 & 5/27)

Ask the Sexperts!

Mental Health Q & A series, Thursdays at 5PM on Instagram Live!

Join us on Instagram @BeWellWWU weekly during Mental Health Month to hear WWU mental health professionals answer student questions about mental health! Help inform the topics of our series by submitting your questions about mental health here! All submissions are anonymous! You will also be able to ask questions through Instagram during the events. 

Special Events Calendar

12-4PM

Hosted by the Outdoor Center

Grab a bike from the OC and ride down to Locust beach to explore the low tide, Mud flats, and rocky beaches. Remembering who should legally own this land and how we can support them, we will playing games and being silly as we bask in the sun and relax our brains from the demands of midterms. If you require Adapted Equipment or think you might want assistance please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu.We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible and for further information please see this link. Register HERE!

 

4-6PM

Hosted by the Outdoor Center

On this Wednesday we will be learning how to bike and giving you tips and tricks to better your biking ability. Join us for some goofy times and dedicated learning. If you require Adapted Equipment or think you might want assistance please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu at least one week before the trip. We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible and for further information please see this link. Register HERE!

12-4PM

Hosted by the Outdoor Center

Hike up to the Pine and Cedar Lake Overlook and explore the wilderness opportunities that exist right in our backyard. You don't have to own a car or even a bike to reach these beautiful and scenic lakes in a day's worth of hiking. We will explore the lookouts lakes and bridges while practicing exercises that help to reduce anxiety and increase attention. If you require Adapted Equipment or think you might want assistance please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu at least one week before the trip. We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible and for further information please see this link. Register HERE!

7-8PM

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for students includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of peers reaching out to other students who may be in crisis. Students learn techniques for having difficult conversations and learn what resources are available for themselves or their peers at WWU in a crisis. Register HERE!

This training is available for groups of five or more any time throughout the year. To schedule or ask any questions, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Dunham at dunhama@wwu.edu.

4-5PM

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for students includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of peers reaching out to other students who may be in crisis. Students learn techniques for having difficult conversations and learn what resources are available for themselves or their peers at WWU in a crisis. Register HERE!

This training is available for groups of five or more any time throughout the year. To schedule or ask any questions, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Dunham at dunhama@wwu.edu.

7-8PM

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for staff & faculty includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of staff and faculty reaching out to students who may be in crisis. Participants will learn techniques for having difficult  conversations, how to create a supportive environment for students, and learn what resources are available for students and staff at WWU in a crisis.Register HERE!

This training is available for groups of five or more any time throughout the year. To schedule or ask any questions, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Dunham at dunhama@wwu.edu.

12-4PM

Hosted by the Outdoor Center

Explore Bellingham's parks and green trails with this bike tour of Lake Padden. We will be grabbing bikes from the OC and winding our way to the Lake where we will eat dinner and play some games before traveling back to the OC. There are some steep hills we will be traveling through and may at times be biking on gravel. If you require Adapted Equipment or think you might want assistance please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu at least one week before the trip. We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible and for further information please see this link. Register HERE!

 

 

12-4PM

Red Square

Join WWU in supporting this community event created by MAD HOPE, a local suicide prevention organization in Bellingham. Help spread awareness about mental health and reduce stigma by writing encouraging messages in chalk around Bellingham and Red Square! We will have a station on campus providing chalk and resources! Register HERE!

10AM-6PM

Staff from Counseling & Wellness and Outdoor Center Trip Leaders are teaming up to give you a Sunday designed to help you feel good and explore nature! We will be playing games, kayaking, talking, eating and generally enjoying the day. Each group will be in its own bubble and go through multiple activities with staff members from Counseling & Wellness along with Trip Leaders to learn about your brain, how best to take care of it and the importance of having fun in nature. Food Included! If you require Adapted Equipment or think you might want assistance please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu at least one week before the trip. We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible and for further information please see this linkCheck out WIN for more information!

4-5PM

Created by the JED Foundation, this training for staff & faculty includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of staff and faculty reaching out to students who may be in crisis. Participants will learn techniques for having difficult  conversations, how to create a supportive environment for students, and learn what resources are available for students and staff at WWU in a crisis. Register HERE!

This training is available for groups of five or more any time throughout the year. To schedule or ask any questions, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Dunham at dunhama@wwu.edu.

7-8:30PM

This workshop for students, staff, and faculty is focused more specifically on suicidal crises and how to intervene. Participants will learn myths and facts about suicide, warning signs of suicide, and intervention skills to use if worried that a peer may be in a suicidal crisis. Attendees will participate in activities to allow them to practice and become more comfortable with these skills. Self care strategies for use after difficult conversations and resources at WWU that support mental wellness will also be covered. Works well as a follow up to You Can Help A Friend or You Can Help A Student, or on its own. Register HERE!

This training is available for groups of five or more any time throughout the year. To schedule or ask any questions, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Dunham at dunhama@wwu.edu.

4-5:30PM

This workshop for students, staff, and faculty is focused more specifically on suicidal crises and how to intervene. Participants will learn myths and facts about suicide, warning signs of suicide, and intervention skills to use if worried that a peer may be in a suicidal crisis. Attendees will participate in activities to allow them to practice and become more comfortable with these skills. Self care strategies for use after difficult conversations and resources at WWU that support mental wellness will also be covered. Works well as a follow up to You Can Help A Friend or You Can Help A Student, or on its own. Register HERE!

This training is available for groups of five or more any time throughout the year. To schedule or ask any questions, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Dunham at dunhama@wwu.edu.

Order a Care Package!

Would you like a special Mental Health Month care package mailed to you? Fill our our handy request form and we'll send you one while supplies last!

Join Our Virtual 5K!

Want to participate in our virtual 5K to support Mental Health Month? Sign up here and we'll send you a racing bib!

Zoom/Teams Backgrounds

Download a Mental Health Month background for your Zoom or Teams meetings throughout the month of May! We have three choices for you to choose from—or download all three!

Two smiling cartoon starfish touching hands and surrounded by hearts and the words Mental Health Month

The theme of this year's Mental Health Month is #Tools2Thrive, and one tool for your toolbox is to take wellness breaks throughout your day. Add a mindfulness activity while you're at it with coloring pages like this Mental Health Month-themed page designed by Izzy from our THRIVE Wellness Advocate group. You can find more of her coloring pages on our THRIVE web page.

You are not alone. Reach out for help.

As we continue to live and learn remotely through spring quarter 2021, we acknowledge that we all are experiencing higher levels of anxiety caused by the ongoing disruption to our normal routines, the isolating effects of physical distancing, and the uncertainty about the many impacts of COVID-19.

Support Resources

  • WWU Counseling Center, 360-650-3164, select option 1 for after-hours support
  • Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255