EnvironMENTAL Challenge – October 9-23, 2019

October is the month for Nature and Wellness
Research shows that natural settings help humans find comfort in stressful situations. The environment’s healing effects help us overcome anxiety and boost our resilience. Stepping into nature has tremendous mental and physical benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, stress hormones, and muscle tension. You can read more about the relationship between nature and wellness here and here.
You will receive daily prompts about nature and wellness, and by hashtagging #EnvironMENTAL under photos of you completing the prompts on Instagram, you can enter a raffle for plant-related prizes! The challenge also includes mini field trips to nearby nature areas.

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Wellness Wednesday: Technology and Self-Care

Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 pm (11:45 am for lunch) in the Harmon Room.

There is a lot of discussion about the role technology has, or should have, in our lives. Sometimes apps help us to connect, relax and increase our awareness of mood. Other times our social media increases feelings of loneliness, decreased self-understanding, and avoidance. This workshop, led by Julia Hutchinson, Hamre Center Assistant Director for Counseling Services, will provide space, questions, and information to help us examine the role we want technology to have in our health, wellness and relationships.

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Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk takes counselors out of the Hamre Center and into the campus community with the goal of providing easier access for students who might not find their way to us. These are confidential, informal drop-in consultations with no appointment necessary. Just drop in during the scheduled times to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. Our Let’s Talk page gives more details and a FAQ.

Every Wednesday during the Fall from 3 – 4:30 pm in Kagin Rm 120


October 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, JB Davis, CC

Program Board presents: PERIOD. Talks with Nadya Okamoto
An open discussion about periods and the importance of access to menstrual products. Okamoto is the  founder of PERIOD and student at Harvard. It is a kick-off event to the open distribution of menstrual cup products (free to students). Sponsored by the Sustainability Office. For more information, contact Miriam Eide, meide@macalester.edu.

Dialogue on Mental Health: One Alum’s Journey from Hiding to Shining

Monday, October 28, noon – 12:50 pm, Library Reading Room

How might you approach your mental health if you knew you would soon spend 3 months completely alone in the middle of the ocean? That’s what one alum, Terence Steinberg, ’11, is about to do this January. Come find out how his challenges with mental health – beginning at Macalester and through today – are something he views as assets instead of a hindrance as he prepares to solo row the Atlantic. And walk away with new perspectives for your own journey.

Hosted by Zarra Marlowe, ’21, this “fireside” chat is open to all. Bring questions, a point of view, or just come to listen.

Light lunch is provided. If you must cancel, please notify the Hamre Center for Health & Wellness 24 hours in advance. 651-696-6275 | health@macalester.edu

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QPR Training

Faculty, Staff: Thursday, October 24, 10 am – 11:45 am Library 309.
Student:  Thursday, October 24, 2 pm – 3:15 pm, Library 309.

Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide.  Just like CPR, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.

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