Mental Health and Wellness
UND provides Mental Health and Wellness resources and services for students, and employees.
Mental Health in the Workplace
Tuesday, January 11th | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Description: This presentation will describe Mental Health Matters, a program through the City of Grand Forks, and discuss mental health in the workplace. This will include tips for creating a safe and healthy working environment for all, signs and symptoms of a colleague who may be experiencing a crisis, and evidence-based approaches to speaking with someone who may be struggling.
Burnout & Fatigue: Building Resilience with Self CareTuesday, February 8th | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Whether you've been in the workforce for years or just entered, taking care of yourself is key. Join us in learning what causes burnout and fatigue and specific strategies for building resiliency.
Mental Health Services for students provided by Student Health Services (SHS) and University Counseling Center (UCC)Monday, February 14th | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description: Attend this session to learn about the collaborative mental health services on campus. Attendees will learn more about the mission of each department, approaches taken to providing mental health services, how to make referrals to SHS and UCC, and location on campus.
A Conversation with Staff About Well-Being and Using a Mindfulness ApproachThursday, February 24th | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description: In this session you will learn to invest time into our well-being during these times of uncertainty, discuss why stress may feel exacerbated, normalize the feelings, and learn mindfulness approaches and compassion towards self.
Managing StressTuesday, April 19th | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description: Join Alexis O'Halloran, Licensed Counselor with the University Counseling Center, to learn practical techniques to help manage stress and anxiety.
Mental Health and Wellness Recorded Sessions
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The Importance of Understanding Children's Mental Health Disorders: Anxiety and Depression
Description: This module addresses the causes, symptoms, and interventions for home, the larger school, classroom, and individuals aligned to two categories of mental health. They are: Anxiety and depression as identified in the DSM-5©. Also included is a discussion of suicide prevention for children and adults experiencing these mental health conditions.
Children's Mental Health Disorders: Bipolar, ADD, Behavior and Autism
Description: This module addresses the causes, symptoms, and interventions of four categories of mental health. They are: Bipolar Disorder, attention disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and autism spectrum disorder - DSM-5©. Also included is a discussion of suicide prevention for children and adults experiencing these mental health conditions.
Nutrition, Movement, and Emotional Wellbeing
Description: Diet and nutrition, as well as exercise and movement, have been shown to be related to overall emotional wellness. Nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy diet, and a sedentary lifestyle can exacerbate mental health symptoms and emotional challenges. While most of us are aware that "you are what you eat," it can be difficult to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle in a society dominated by fast food chains, elevators, televisions, and desk jobs. In this module, guided by expert Dr. Brad Goodell, you will explore how diet, nutrition, and movement affect emotional wellbeing, as well as ways in which to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life.
Traumatization of Youth and Adolescents: Implications for Educator Practices and Student Success
Description: The number of children and youth who are reporting early traumatization experiences is rising every year. These events – which can include abuse, neglect, accident, injury, illness, and refugee experiences – can have profound, lasting effects on the physical, mental, and developmental health of a child. These effects can often manifest themselves in the classroom, necessitating unique consideration and treatment in order for meaningful learning to occur and the student to thrive. In this module, expert Heather Lindstrom explores the effects of trauma on the maturing mind and offers recommendations for better supporting the learning needs of students who have experienced traumatic events.
Warning! Sinking Ship: Helping Those Around Us
Description: On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald, as well as her 29 crew members, sank into Lake Superior. The circumstances surrounding the tragedy are debated to this day; while some believe the Fitzgerald disappeared in a mere 10 seconds, researchers have subsequently identified several warning signs signaling the ship’s impending peril. In this module, expert Brad Williams draws from the lessons of the Fitzgerald tragedy to give practical advice on acknowledging and addressing the warning signs you may see in a peer struggling to stay afloat amidst emotional turmoil and workplace stress. By heeding these warning signs and reaching out to those in need, you just may be the one who leads the ship out of the storm and into safe harbor.
A 15-Year-Old Boy's Personal Story of Being Bullied & Attempting Suicide
Description: Homophobia, bullying, mental illness, self-injury, and suicide have become
hot-button terms in education today, and are most likely familiar to all educators.
However, there is still a limited understanding of these issues and how to address
them, and too rarely is the victim’s voice heard.
This module is led by Justin (pseudonym), a 15-year-old high school freshman and victim of bullying. His bisexuality made him a target for aggressors; the daily abuse, exclusion, and harassment caused extreme psychological distress, ultimately culminating in a suicide attempt. Justin offers a first-person perspective on these issues, sharing effective coping methods, offering tips for parents and school staff on how to identify and best assist suffering students, and detailing his experiences in the treatment of and recovery from mental illness. Justin’s mother, Stacey, concludes the module, recalling Justin’s story from a mother’s point of view, discussing the first indicators of Justin’s worsening depression and providing advice for parents and teachers of suffering children.
Emotional Wellbeing and Stress Reduction
Description: Emotional wellbeing refers to the extent to which one’s emotions and feelings are balanced and stable. All of us experience emotional ups and downs; this is a normal part of the human experience. However, there may be times when we just can't seem to shake the sad feelings or anxiety. This has a profound effect on overall wellness; a healthy sense of emotional wellbeing provides social, professional, personal, and physical satisfaction, whereas damaged emotional wellbeing can result in depression, anxiety, health problems, and difficulties with work and personal relationships. This module, led by expert Brad Goodell, Psy.D., describes the components and significance of emotional wellbeing, along with various stress reduction and wellness strategies.
Health and Wellness of Educators
Description: Those in education and leadership roles are nothing if not accustomed to stress. The everyday challenges, responsibilities, and demands can easily become overwhelming, and this psychological distress often manifests itself physically. Depression, obesity, and cardiovascular issues – all can be attributed to the stress that comes with leadership positions, and this begs the question: Is it possible to be healthy and a leader? In this module, expert Ann Lowry, PhD answers that question with a resounding “Yes!” and describes the key habits that make for efficient, productive, and healthy leadership.
Overcoming Test Anxiety
Description: Have any of you ever experienced feelings similar to this while attempting to take a test? If you have, you have experienced something called “test anxiety.” Test anxiety is very common, and most of us have experienced, or will experience, this feeling in one way or another some time during our school careers. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to manage test-taking anxiety. In this learning module, you will learn what test anxiety is, the causes of test anxiety, and some helpful exercises that you can do to help you to relax and to manage this anxiety. You will be on your way to feeling confident, competent, and doing your best possible work on any test that comes your way.
Heidi Hanna on How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed
Course Description: Feeling overwhelmed is common. It’s a sign that the demands on your time and energy have surpassed your ability to cope with them. Sometimes overwhelm is temporary; other times, it can lead to persistent and unhealthy pressure and strain. The good news is that with the right mindset you can make the unmanageable feel manageable again. In this course from stress expert and performance coach Heidi Hanna, you can learn how to identify and conquer that overwhelmed feeling—so you can remain focused, productive, and in control in the face of whatever comes your way. Discover how to disrupt the stress circuit, cultivate calm and positive emotions, and take small, imperfect steps toward resolution. Heidi also provides tips for recognizing and preventing the overwhelm, so it doesn’t get out of control the next time you have too much to do.
What Current Research Tells us about Workplace Stress in Higher Education
Dr. Krista Lynn Minnotte (Sociology) shares insights into what are the different stressors faculty and staff face, how to manage these stressors and how to recognize and celebrate our impact.
As you listen to the podcast, use the attached resources to guide your learning and engage in conversation with your peers. Use the learning guide for reflective writing and notes and the presentation slides will enhance the key takeaways.
Workplace Stress Resources
- Workplace Stress in Higher EducationPresentation Slides
- Workplace Stess in Higher Education Reflective Writing
Mental Health Matters | Real people. Real heroes.
Listen in on insightful discussions with various mental health leaders in our community. Learn new perspectives on mental wellness and get inspired by these mental health heroes. Learn more at gfcares.com.
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