Wright State to promote mental well-being during Raider Resilience Week and World Mental Health Day

Wright State University will host a special week of programming dedicated to nurturing the mental well-being of students, faculty and staff during Raider Resilience Week, Oct. 2–10, and on World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10.

Raider Resilience Week will feature informative discussions, training opportunities and activities designed to promote open conversations about mental health and provide tools for self-care. The week also features numerous free activities and classes offered by Campus Recreation to promote mental and physical health.

All faculty and staff can workout and take fitness classes for free at the Campus Recreation Fitness Center from Oct. 2 to 10.

“We have so many free fitness classes being highlighted for this week that we would love everyone to take advantage of them and hopefully find a home in our fitness center,” said Billy Willis, associate director for Campus Recreation.

The week will culminate with Wright State’s celebration of World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The day will include informative workshops and fun activities designed to inspire, educate, and help students, faculty and staff destress. A Wellness Fair featuring games and other fun activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the North Lawn.

“Let’s come together as a supportive community and foster understanding, resilience, and a positive approach to mental wellness,” said Provost Amy Thompson, Ph.D.

Wright State will also launch the Healthy Minds Study on Oct. 2. The survey will help the university better understand student and employee mental health and well-being, sources of support, and other mental and emotional health topics.

The survey is a critical component of Wright State’s Wright State collaboration with the JED Foundation Campus Program, which will help the university develop a mental health strategic plan.

Raider Resilience Week is organized by Wright State’s presidential Mental Health Task Force, which is working to break down the stigma around mental health and foster an atmosphere of support and openness at the university.

The week is part of the Mental Health Task Force’s ongoing work to create a culture of well-being and care on our campuses and promote resources to help you prioritize your mental health.

One new resource is Wright State Cares, an online form that anyone can use to share a concern about a student or employee who is struggling. You can also self-report if you are not ready to talk to peers or colleagues. The form is accessible at wright.edu/cares and at the bottom of most Wright State webpages.

Raider Resilience Week highlights:

Monday, Oct. 2:

  • Understanding Resilience with Bill Wall: 9–10 a.m., Millett Hall Atrium
  • Mental Health Yoga: 12:10–1 p.m., Student Union Fitness Center
  • Surviving Midterms, presented by Bruce Mackh: 2–3 p.m., 158 Rike Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 3:

  • Wright Day to Give Free Lunch for Students, presented by the Alumni Association and the Advancement Division: 11 a.m.–1 p.m., North Lawn/Hamilton Plaza

Wednesday, Oct. 4:

Thursday, Oct. 5:

  • Coffee with a Therapist, presented by Student Advocacy and Wellness: 9–10:30 a.m., location, TBD
  • Narcan Training: noon–1 p.m., 033 Rike Hall; register on Engage

Friday, Oct. 6:

  • Student Success Center Open House: Noon–3 p.m.
  • International Games Event, presented by the University Center for International Education: 2–4 p.m., 344 Student Union
  • Mental Health Task Force/JED Campus Info Radio Show, presented by WWSU: 2–3 p.m., Student Union and on 106.9 FM

Monday, October 9:

  • Open Wellness Room Access with massage chairs, presented by Student Advocacy and Wellness: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 051 Student Union

See the complete schedule of Raider Resilience Week activities at wright.edu/resilienceweek.

World Mental Health Day, Oct. 10, highlights:

  • Free Breakfast: 8:30–9:30 a.m., Union Market; limited to the first 200 guests
  • Five Habits of Resilience, presented by Seth Gordon: 9:30–11 a.m., Student Union Discovery Room
  • Wellness Fair: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., North Lawn
  • Strategies to Address Academic Burnout, presented by the School of Professional Psychology: 11–11:30 a.m., Millett Hall Atrium
  • Coping with Negative Effects of Social Media Use, presented by the School of Professional Psychology: Noon–12:30 p.m., Millett Hall Atrium
  • Question, Persuade, Refer — Suicide Prevention Training: noon–1 p.m., 1–2 p.m. and 2–3 p.m., 205 Student Success Center; register on Engage
  • Tips for Better Sleep and Overall Mental Health, presented by the School of Professional Psychology: 5–5:30 p.m., Millett Hall Atrium

See the complete World Mental Health Day schedule at wright.edu/mentalhealthday.

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