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May is Mental Health Month

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Photo by Erik Jepsen/University Communications

May 2024 Major Events

Move for Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Month will kick off with Move for Mental Health which includes a series of movement-based classes highlighting the benefits of physical activity on mental well-being. Students can attend a variety of designated classes to learn about how movement can support managing stress, regulating mood, and strengthening the connection between your mind, body, and heart. You can also pick up free swag!

RISE Surf & Flow Event

Sunday, May 19 from 10:30am–3pm at Scripps Beach

Also, as part of the movement, there will be a special RISE Surf & Flow Event where students can spend a fun beach day with Recreation and Student Health and Well-Being. Students are invited to enjoy a seaside yoga flow, free surf lessons, beach games, crafts, a Sunshine Social, and more! Register to save your spot.

The Longest Table (POSTPONED to June 6)

Thursday, June 6, 3:30–6:30pm at Library Walk

The Longest Table at UC San Diego is just that — a 300-foot-long table that will span the length of Library Walk — with the goal of building community and a sense of belonging. All Tritons are invited to share a multicultural meal at the communal table, while enjoying a variety of live entertainment, activities, and engaging conversation.

Free Communal Art Workshops

In preparation for The Longest Table event on May 21, UC San Diego’s Craft Center will host community-building workshops for campuswide groups and individuals to create/decorate tablecloths with messages of community, kindness, wellness, and love.

Podcast on Suicide Prevention with Dr. Tiffany O'Meara

Events

May is Mental Health Month Calendar

iFlourish/Headspace

iFLOURISH represents UC San Diego CAPS’ commitment to innovative, self-guided technology programs that provide mental health at your fingertips. CAPS is offering several online-based programs for mental health that provide evidence-based intervention and interactive help at all times. All tools are FREE, anonymous, and only available to UC San Diego students. You don’t have to be a CAPS client to join. Go to the iFlourish page to sign up for programs, including the popular mindfulness app Headspace!

Helpful Handouts & Flyers

Resources to Flourish During May

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Explore the wide range of Tritons Flourish offerings from special large-scale well-being events to motivating workshops, classes, outdoor adventures, fun tablings, and much more! All programs, materials, and giveaways are FREE to registered UC San Diego students.

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Recreation provides free online fitness & yoga classes for all students. If you have a busy schedule but still want to incorporate a movement practice into your day, join in from the comfort of your home.

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The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley conducts cutting edge research on well-being and provides the results to the general public. The Greater Good Magazine provides biweekly articles, videos, podcasts and a monthly happiness calendar that are relevant to well-being. This is a great way to stay connected, access the newest research and learn new tips to enhance your well-being. Sign up for the Greater Good Magazine today!

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Health Promotion Services created a podcast called, “Live Well, Be Well” that focuses on overall wellness. Some of the topics that were covered include: stress management, sex and relationships, alcohol and cannabis, and various other topics. This is a great resource to help you feel connected and find new ways to live a life of wellness!

Programs for Faculty and Staff

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers a wide variety of services to campus employees. Check out what’s going on this May, from community-focused support groups to individual counseling, help with external referrals, leadership consults and more at the FSAP website. A sample of current support groups are:

UCSD Center for Mindfulness

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (CFM) offers daily donation-based meditation practice sessions to help students, staff, and faculty integrate mindful living into all aspects of their lives. Those with experience as well as those with no experience are welcome to join as a way to begin to explore mindfulness and compassion practices.