GUEST BLOG: 4 Ways to “Keep it Fresh” with your Mental Health

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Mental health on a college campus is an important topic – and the University of Vermont has a ton of resources to help students navigate the world of mental well being. To celebrate LivingWell and Student Government Association‘s 2nd Annual Fresh Check Day (10/12), the students of LivingWell have submitted this guest blog to help you maintain positive mental health as we approach the semester’s half-way point:

To celebrate this On Thursday, October 12 from 11am-2pm in the Davis Center, Student Government Association and LivingWell are teaming up for UVM’s 2nd annual Fresh Check Day.  Fresh Check Day is a health and wellness fair, originally created by the Jordan Porco Foundation and designed to bring the entire campus community together to “check-in” on the mental health and well-being of the UVM community. LivingWell, along with a number of on- and off-campus groups are excited to create a space where mental health and self-care take the spotlight –  transforming the first floor of the DC into a farmers’ market-like fair where YOUR mental health is the hot topic- they want to check in with YOU! 

As we prepare to celebrate Fresh Check Day, we also wanted to run down a few of the on-campus resources that are here to help students maintain positive mental health:

1. Visit Counseling & Psychiatry Services (CAPS)

Counseling & Psyciatry Services

Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) primarily serves UVM students to highlight and support psychological well-being. In addition to the many types of counseling, including individualized and group, CAPS also has resources in outreach and education, psychiatry, referrals, and consultations. One resource to highlight is CAPS’s Let’s Talk program, based on a similar program developed at Cornell University. Let’s Talk provides walk-in consultations that are designed to be easy-access, informal, and brief. Try it out to see if therapy or talking to a counselor is what could be best for you!


2. Fill out The C.A.R.E. Form

Offered through the Dean of Students’ Office, the Concerning And/Or Risky Event (CARE) form can be filled out by anyone for anyone. If you think someone you know could use a check-in, extra resources, or someone to talk to, fill out the CARE form anonymously and someone on the CARE team will reach out. Members of our UVM community may need support; filling out the CARE form can let them know that someone does care and is watching out for them.


3. Attend a LivingWell Event


LivingWell is dedicated to a holistic approach in supporting students’ needs while they support the creating and maintaining of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. LivingWell has many different programs and events that relate to wellness, including yoga, pilates, massages, therapy dogs, and a relaxation room. Check out a full listing of LivingWell events on the BORED calendar or simply drop in.


4. Attend Fresh Check Day (Thurs, 10/12)

Stop by the first floor of the Davis Center on Thursday, October 12, 11am-2pm and participate in Fresh Check Day a health and wellness fair originally created by the Jordan Porco Foundation. Fresh Check Day‘s goal is to encourage students to ‘check’ in with themselves and their friends, take time to nurture their mental health, and let them know that the entire Burlington and UVM community is supporting them. Partnering with a number of on- and -off campus organizations, participants in this year’s event can enter to win raffle prizes (including prizes from over 14 of your favorite local businesses AND a 32′ LED flatscreen TV!), and enjoy a day of taking good care of yourself through delicious snacks, smiles, interactive exhibits, de-stress crafts, therapy dogs, massages, henna and more!