Counseling Services partners with colleagues, departments, and student groups across campus to promote mental health and wellbeing. Our recurring events, campaigns, and outreach programming focus on destigmatizing the topic of mental health, encouraging self-care, and bringing awareness to some of the wellness issues our campus community faces. 

Stress Less Week

Academics can be stressful for many of us, especially toward the end of the term. Stress Less is designed to create opportunities for you to explore different ways to practice self-care and find techniques to de-stress during some of the hardest parts of the year. These events are hosted during week 10 of fall, winter, and spring terms. Everyone manages the stress of classes differently, but we are here to support you through those times.

All Sizes Fit

All Sizes Fit is a positive body image campaign that aims to increase body positivity and acceptance and decrease the social pressures associated with obtaining an "ideal body." All Sizes Fit focuses on three principles:

  • Attention: Be in touch with your body and its signals. Your body is excellent at regulating and letting you know what it needs in order to perform optimally.
  • Appreciation: Appreciate everything your body allows you to do and the pleasure it provides. It is because of your body that you can engage in the activities you love and enjoy what life has to offer.
  • Acceptance: Accept all the assets you have rather than longing for what you do not. Much of your body composition is predetermined by your genetics.

It embraces the Health at Every Size philosophy which focuses on healthy eating and daily activity instead of weight loss. Instead of dieting or focusing on a specific weight, we encourage: regular activity that is enjoyable, stress management, and healthy emotional awareness and coping.

All Sizes Fit includes an art show, with Duck Store gift certificates awarded for the top creations. For more information, contact Mariko Lin, assistant director and education and prevention outreach director.

2021 All Sizes Fit Virtual Art Show

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) is nationally recognized every May. The purpose of MHM is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health, provide educational opportunites and coping strategies to the campus community, and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses and help-seeking. University Counseling Services invites and welcomes many campus partners to join us in programmatic efforts to promote mental health. 

Movember

Movember is an annual event which takes place every November and sees men across the world grow mustaches to raise awareness around men’s health issues including mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. The University of Oregon participates by highlighting ongoing resources and hosting special events with the goals of increasing help-seeking behavior, decreasing risk-taking behavior, deconstructing harmful expressions of masculinity, normalizing open dialogue among men, and identifying positive aspects of masculinity and being a man.

Upcoming Events

Oct 24
Queer and Neurodivergent Identity Subgroup5:00 p.m.

Are you LGBTQ+? Are you also neurodivergent? This club may be for you! Neurodivergent is a term referencing anybody who has: mental/emotional trauma a mental...
October 24 2021–June 5 2022

Are you LGBTQ+? Are you also neurodivergent? This club may be for you!

Neurodivergent is a term referencing anybody who has:

mental/emotional trauma

a mental illness/disorder

a personality disorder

a neurological/intellectual/learning disability/disorder

physical brain trauma

Many people within the LGBTQ+ community are neurodivergent in some way, and it can be difficult to find spaces for folks to feel safe and accepted while discussing these topics. This subgroup is a good place to hang out, talk about your experiences, discuss the intersection between queerness and neurodivergency, and to have a good time!

 

In order to join, we host our meetings over the LGBTESS Discord Server! To join, fill out the survey here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jdSlf3KXEuduOW

Oct 25
FREE Skincare10:00 a.m.

Meet us out in front of the Duck Store to receive your free skincare! (Terms and conditions apply and limited quantities available). Notion, a startup skincare company, winner...
October 25–27
The Flagship Duck Store, In Front

Meet us out in front of the Duck Store to receive your free skincare! (Terms and conditions apply and limited quantities available).

Notion, a startup skincare company, winner of the 2021 University of Oregon LCB's Entrepreneurship award for sustainability and runner-up in the 2021 University of Oregon's Provost Innovation Challenge will be tabling out front at the Duck Store for their product trials.

For those with an interest in or love for skincare, stop on by to receive your FREE set. In return, we kindly ask for your honest feedback in our end-use survey.

Your set comes with the following:
- 3 oz cleanser
- 0.5 oz serum
- 3 oz moisturizer

Upon completion of our end-use survey, you will be entered into a raffle to win 1 of 3 college essentials bundles, containing several college necessities (up to $65 value).

Oct 25
Let's (Tele)Talk - International Students2:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students, for Let’s Talk on Mondays, 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 18–December 6

Meet with Counseling Services Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students, for Let’s Talk on Mondays, 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 26
Let's (Tele)Talk - LGBTQIA Students11:00 a.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQIA students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 19–December 7

Meet with Counseling Services Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQIA students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 26
How Do I Know if I am Depressed?3:00 p.m.

Are you feeling a little down and can’t seem to shake it? In this workshop with Counseling Services we’ll talk about what depression looks like, as well as tools and...
October 26 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union, Duck Nest Wellness Center (Room 041)

Are you feeling a little down and can’t seem to shake it? In this workshop with Counseling Services we’ll talk about what depression looks like, as well as tools and resources to help with this.

This workshop is part of a Re-entry to School Workshop Series. See our Instagram for details on all of the workshops: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUf4LoZPTLJ/

Oct 26
Let's (Tele)Talk - LatinX/Undocumented Students3:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 3-5PM. Let’s Talk is a service...
October 19–December 7

Meet with Counseling Services Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 3-5PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 26
Men's Professional Development Series3:00 p.m.

This program requires the submission of a short application.  Priority deadline: October 1, 2021 Final deadline: October 8, 2021 For questions, email...
October 12–November 16
Email for more info

This program requires the submission of a short application


Priority deadline: October 1, 2021
Final deadline: October 8, 2021


For questions, email holdenleadership@uoregon.edu. The series is a collaboration between the Holden Center and the Men’s Resource Center.

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Finding your dream job is tough enough. Be sure that you're ready when you do. 

In addition to earning an official certificate of completion, participants of the 2021 Men's Professional Development Series will learn ways to stand-out from other applicants and to be better prepared for success from the moment they launch their professional careers. They'll discover tips and tricks for forging valuable professional connections, creating strong resumes, acing job interviews, managing projects, and developing important leadership skills.

Whatever stage of your academic career you're in, it's never too soon to start building toward your vision of professional success. 

Oct 26
Roving Meditation5:00 p.m.

Join this group meditation to explore how we can use walking, movement, and stillness to practice mindfulness. There will be a mixture of silence and guidance with a focus is on...
October 5–November 30
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest Wellness Center (Room 041)

Join this group meditation to explore how we can use walking, movement, and stillness to practice mindfulness. There will be a mixture of silence and guidance with a focus is on connecting and grounding in place, season, and spirit. We’ll be outdoors when weather permits. Meeting place is the Duck Nest. 

Led by Mary Ann Petersen, acupuncturist at University Health Services, who has a Masters in Chinese Medicine. Mary Ann pulls from Taoist and Quaker ethos in her meditation practice. She talks more about autumn and what it brings to our worlds: https://www.maryannpetersen.com/?p=2736

Oct 26
Sexual Asssault Support Services LGBTQIA+ Group 5:00 p.m.

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) has a support group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (18+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence in the past or present....
January 14 2020–June 28 2022
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) has a support group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (18+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence in the past or present. SASS services are always free. http://sass-lane.org/

SASS's LGBTQIA+ Support Group

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5-6:30 p.m.

For any self-identified members of the queer community age 18+ who have experienced sexual violence. 

Drop in. No registration needed. SASS services are always free. 

Oct 27
Building Brain Awareness to Help Brain Injury: The Seriesnoon

We are Synapse National at the University of Oregon! We are a student-run advocacy and awareness group created to serve the Eugene/Springfield area's growing community of...
October 6–November 5

We are Synapse National at the University of Oregon! We are a student-run advocacy and awareness group created to serve the Eugene/Springfield area's growing community of individuals who have experienced brain injury. 

Come join us on dates spanning from October 6th to November 5th for our webinar event: Building Brain Awareness to Help Brain Injury: The Series! Our event dates and speakers include: 

 

10/6 at 12 pm PST - Dr. Daniel Avesar on “Why Brain Awareness is Important for Brain Injury” & Liam Donevan on “Brain Injury in the Criminal Justice System” 
10/15 at 2 pm PST - Dr. Amy Lawson Moore & Dr. Christina Ledbetter on “Cognitive Rehabilitation Training for TBI” 

10/22 at 2 pm PST - Dr. Allan Gulledge on “The Predictive Nature of the Cortex” & Dr. Don Hagler on “An Overview of Attention” 
10/27 at 12 pm PST - Dr. Jeff Taube on “The Vestibular Contribution to the Head Direction Signal and Navigation” & Dr. Elizabeth Powers on “A Clinical Look at Vision and Vestibular Systems” 
11/5 at 11 am PST - Dr. Amanda Hernan on “A Deeper Look at Neuroplasticity” & Shilo Zeller on “Yoga and Meditation for Brain Injury: Evidence, Innovations, and Ways Forward” 

 

In this seminar, we bring together researchers and clinicians to speak about their work - in hopes of promoting an understanding of what is known about our biopsychosocial processes and how they work. Those living with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) have shared a particular interest in these topics as they are the ones living with unique changes affected by them. With help from enough researchers and clinicians, we hope to deliver a mosaic of information that, together, will be particularly valuable for the University of Oregon as well as the ABI community. 

Please come if interested, or forward to anyone who might benefit! Our goal is to build brain injury awareness and strengthen community resources, so ALL are welcome! 

Link to register: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6F3xtKzZ9gab6gm 

If you are interested but unable to attend, we encourage you to register anyway. We will be sending out a recording to all registered attendees after the webinar event. 

If you are a brain injury survivor and interested in joining our bi-weekly peer support group, please email us at synapse.uoregon@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list. 

Synapse National at the University of Oregon 

https://www.uosynapse.com/ 

https://uoregon.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/synapse_eugene 

IG: @uosynapse 

Facebook: @SynapseNationalUO