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!