In May we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. With this nationally recognized month, we promote the importance of taking care of one’s emotional well-being and challenge the stigmas associated with mental health. We at Counseling Services want to emphasize the commonness of challenges students face regarding their mental health, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

According to the UO Healthy Minds Study in spring of 2021, 67 percent of our student body is estimated to be “experiencing symptoms of at least one significant mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, or eating disorders.” Additionally, 86 percent of our UO students perceived a need for support, and 40 percent indicated having accessed mental health services. At Counseling Services, we believe this is the perfect time to reach out to the community and encourage self-compassion, understanding, and overall mental health awareness.

This May we have partnered with a variety of campus departments to create events tailored to increasing awareness of campus mental health resources, decreasing the stigma associated with mental health as well as emphasizing kindness to yourself and to others during and beyond this year’s national Mental Health Awareness Month.  

We encourage you to take the Kognito module to learn how to support all members of the campus community, especially our students, when they need help. In addition, we'll be posting a calendar of events below, including our opportunity for you to get involved in our participation in the Kindness Rock Project. You can also follow our Instagram (@uocounselingservices) for self-care tips and up-to-date information on Counseling Services resources. Stay connected with us throughout the month of May and the rest of the year!

Upcoming Events

May 18
Kindness Rock Project-May Mental Health Awareness Month10:00 a.m.

As part of May Mental Health Awareness Month, engage in the Kindness Rock Project by painting a rock or taking one that you need, sharing one with a friend, or leaving it...
May 9–23
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Ground Floor by the O Desk

As part of May Mental Health Awareness Month, engage in the Kindness Rock Project by painting a rock or taking one that you need, sharing one with a friend, or leaving it somewhere in the EMU for someone that needs a message of inspiration. Also, come by and get yourself a free Stress Less Kit featuring a Craft Center project and learn more about campus mental health services and resources. Hosted by Counseling Services and CS Student Advisory Board.

May 18
Let's Talk - Confidential One-on-Ones2:00 p.m.

Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a Counseling Services staff member. See our website for...
April 26–June 6
See multiple satellite locations in description or website

Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a 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 CS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our CS 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 Talk work?

Let’s Talk will be offered via Zoom and/or in satellite locations across campus. 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 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. 

 


Mondays 3-5PM - Meet with Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/99378816150
Tuesdays 10AM-12PM - Meet with Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQ students, at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (Oregon Hall-Room 130) or click here: https://zoom.us/j/99147472563.
Wednesdays 2-4PM - Meet with Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, at the Black Cultural Center.
Wednesdays 4-6PM - Meet with Caryn Zaner, who specializes in working with graduate students and queer, trans, and gender non-conforming students. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/92314812010
Thursdays 2-4PM - Meet with Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, at the Multicultural Center (EMU 109m) or click here:
https://zoom.us/j/96120855580
Thursdays 4-6PM - Meet with Kristen Besler at Global Scholars Hall (Room 103) or click here: https://zoom.us/j/92058889528
Fridays 1-3PM - Meet with Mariko Lin at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (Oregon Hall-Room 130) or click here:
https://zoom.us/j/92243720320


 

 

May 19
Office Hours with Counseling Servicesnoon

If you need assistance in supporting a student with mental health issues, please call Counseling Services for a consultation at 541-346-3227 or click on the zoom link for Office...
May 5–June 9

If you need assistance in supporting a student with mental health issues, please call Counseling Services for a consultation at 541-346-3227 or click on the zoom link for Office Hours with Counseling Services to meet with a CS leadership team member on Thursdays from noon – 1:00 p.m. for Spring Term 2022. A consultation with our staff can help you identify the next steps, appropriate resources, and services for your student.

https://zoom.us/j/91341210187

May 19
Body Acceptance with Movement2:00 p.m.

Join the Duck Nest for an interactive yoga workshop that includes dynamic movements and conversations around body acceptance. If you are interested in learning more about how yoga...
May 19 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

Join the Duck Nest for an interactive yoga workshop that includes dynamic movements and conversations around body acceptance. If you are interested in learning more about how yoga can increase body acceptance, come join! 

May 19
The Intersection of Mental Well-Being and Recovery Panel3:00 p.m.

Join the Collegiate Recovery Center staff, students in recovery, and members from the community for a conversation around mental health and recovery. During this panel,...
May 19 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join the Collegiate Recovery Center staff, students in recovery, and members from the community for a conversation around mental health and recovery. During this panel, individuals will get to share how they navigate through their recovery and take care of their mental well-being. As an audience you will get the opportunity to ask the panel members questions regarding recovery and learn about more campus and community resources.

May 26
Honoring All Aspects of Yourself through Self-Care2:00 p.m.

This discussion-based presentation will provide psychoeducation on stress, the various types of self-care, and have an interactive activity of creating a “comfort...
May 26 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

This discussion-based presentation will provide psychoeducation on stress, the various types of self-care, and have an interactive activity of creating a “comfort plan,” for self-care through a multicultural feminist lens. Students will be encouraged to be reflective on their own experiences of stress and how they currently cope through discussion prompts as a means to build community support.