Please see below for current Mental Health Services’ programming offers for student support and resources. All Mental Health Services, including outreach, will continue to be done remotely via phone or video.
MHS Student Advisory Board: Mental Health Services is currently recruiting for our Student Advisory Board (SAB). SAB members represent student voices, enhance the work of MHS initiatives, and supports our services through advocacy, feedback, and peer education. Visit this webpage for more information and/or the application form. Applications are due November 13.
Navigating Election-Related Stress: There are a variety of resources and supports available for students navigating election-related stress. See our webpage here for a full list of programming and resources. Additional programming from UHS and campus partners will be added to this webpage as they become available. While many of our general services are helpful for these concerns, the following programs are specifically designed to address student concerns for navigating election-related stress:
- Coping with Election-Stress Processing Space – This processing space will be focused on helping students processing stress related to the election and takes place on Wednesday, November 4th at 5:30 pm. Sign-up here.
- Living with Uncertainty Thrive Workshop – This workshop includes a discussion of how to navigate our uncertain times and teaches skills/tools to navigate them. It takes place on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:30 pm, sign-up here.
Our election-related stress programming focuses on coping with the mental health impacts of the election. For students who are more interested in generally discussing the election, the processing spaces and discussions through the Office of Inclusion Education may be a good resource.
“Movember,” Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month: Each November MHS highlights the mental health needs of men. This campaign focuses on raising awareness of men’s mental health concerns, reducing stigma around help-seeking behaviors, and this year increasing connection as our interactions are increasingly virtual. See below for some of our upcoming Movember events:
- Nov. 9th Processing Space that will include breakout groups based on personal or personally salient identities to facilitate discussions of the nuances of masculinity and what it means to be a man. Sign up here.
- Nov. 17th Thrive Workshop – You Good? Talking about Men’s Mental Health This Thrive workshop discuss difficulties men might experience when talking about feelings/reactions to others, and offer various skills and perspectives to help men feel more empowered to have these conversations.
- Text Confessional (ongoing throughout the month) – Men are asked to anonymously share their thoughts on the personal meaning or significance of mental health, as well as their experiences related to receiving support to help establish an ongoing meaningful conversation about men’s mental health. Students can enter submissions here.
Virtual Processing Spaces: This is a recurring online space for current students to connect with each other to cope with isolation, grief/loss, uncertainty about the future, discrimination, and many other things. These spaces are 90min drop-in meetings via Zoom and require a sign-up to join. Processing spaces will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7pm. Please see below for identity/topic areas and dates.
- Coping with COVID – This processing space is for students to find social support and connection virtually during social distancing.
- November 4th, December 9th
- Grieving Our Loved Ones – This processing space is for students to gain support and validation from peers as they navigate experiences of grief and loss.
- November 11th
- SOC – This processing space is for students of color to connect, seek support, and identify ways to engage in self and community care during this time.
- November 18th
- LGBTQ – This processing space is for LGBTQ+ students to connect, seek support, and identify ways to engage in self and community care during this time.
- October 28th, December 2nd
- Connection in Quarantine – This processing space is open to all students who are currently quarantining due to possible exposure to or positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Focuses on students providing each other support and connection
- November 4th, November 18th, and December 2nd
Virtual Let’s Talk: This virtual, online version of our informal drop-in consultations with a counselor will run through December 11th. Students will need to sign up for a time slot via an online form. In most cases, there are still consultation slots available the day before a Let’s Talk section is scheduled. There are general sections (open to all students) each business day and specialty sections based on identity, specific concerns, or departments throughout the week. Fall Schedule below:
- 11:00am – 1:00pm Focus: Latinx Students
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm General/Open to All Students
- 10:30am – 12:30pm Focus: Black Students
- 3:00pm – 5:00pm General/Open to All Students
- 10:00am – 12:00pm General/Open to All Students
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm Focus: Substance Use Concerns
- 3:00pm – 5:00pm Focus: Engineering Students
- 10:30am – 12:30pm Focus: Chican@/Latin@ Studies
- 11:00am – 1:00pm General/Open to All Students
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm Focus: LGBTQ Students
- 3:00pm – 5:00pm Focus: BIPOC Students
- 3:00pm – 5:00pm Focus: Engineering Students
- 10:00am – 12:00pm Relationship/Partner Concerns
- 2:00pm – 4:00pm General/Open to All Students
Thrive Workshops: This series of virtual workshops is designed to share tips and tools for thriving at the university. All workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. The full schedule and registration links can be found here. Remaining topics for the semester are:
- Tuesday, November 10th: Living with uncertainty
- Tuesday, November 17th: “You Good?” Talking about men’s mental health
- Tuesday, December 1st: How to find your people
Please also visit the https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ for general updates and the UHS Remote Services Page for a variety of videos and other helpful resources. We are continuously updating the website with additional Outreach Workshops and Trainings to support both students and staff.