Mental Health Promotion Weeks (MHPW) is a series of events and resources coordinated through the Longhorn Wellness Center that are intentionally designed to amplify our culture of care surrounding mental health at UT Austin. This year’s MHPW will focus on celebrating resilience, connection and gratitude. Full event details below. All events are open to the entire UT community. No pre-registration required. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Longhorn Wellness Center staff as we host a Resilient UT Self-Care Monday! Resilience ensures we can cope with setbacks and adapt. Take a break, grab some goodies and tell us what you do for self-care on our self-care wall.
1 to 4 p.m.
Texan Union Patio
This collaboration between Living the Longhorn Life and mindful UT features different mindfulness-based experiences such as coloring, tea and snacks, mindful breathing bracelet making, and more. Students can drop in, connect with others, and build their resilience toolbox with real-time practices that promote positive mental health.
Join the College of Liberal Arts for a stress-relieving afternoon activity for COLA students. At the event, connect with each other and express your creativity through therapeutic art activities. Creativity can reduce stress, anxiety and depression and in turn build resilience.
4 to 6 p.m.
Dies Center, RLP 1.404
The College of Natural Sciences is hosting a game night for students to make friends, speak on their mental health, and eat pizza and snacks. This social space is geared toward creating an ease in connection, while normalizing the mental health experiences of CNS students. Any student participating in the event will be entered to win 1 of 3 Self-Care Baskets.
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Gratitude and connection have positive impacts on our mental health and yet, in our busy culture, it can be challenging to prioritize these practices. The Mental Health Oasis provides a mental health recharge in the moment. Drop by to decompress and connect with crafts, games and popsicles.
4 to 6 p.m.
UT Turtle Pond
Join a SHARE community through the Longhorn Wellness Center. Peers from African immigrant backgrounds come together to be open and vulnerable about emotions and mental health, topics that are often considered taboo. This, coupled with being a college student, can lead to burnout, isolation, stress, and more. Join this group if you're seeking a safe space where you can feel supported, empowered, and validated in your experiences and identity while gaining communication and self-care skills!
6 to 7 p.m.
Burdine Hall (BUR) 556
Join a SHARE community lead by the Longhorn Wellness Center. Peers from different cultural backgrounds (i.e., Middle Eastern, South Asian, & Asian) have reflective discussions around culture and belonging. Build relationships with others and yourself through crafting and mindfulness. By sharing experiences and support each week, the hope is to reconnect and take pride in our own cultures while building genuine friendships and mutual appreciation.
6 to 7 p.m.
Seay Building (SEA) 4.244
Join the Center for Students in Recovery and the Longhorn Wellness Center for a mindful nature walk. Nature has powerful benefits on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Students will be guided through locations from the UT Nature Rx Map with opportunities to notice and connect. Nature Rx is a collaboration between the Longhorn Wellness Center and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
10 to 11 a.m.
Center for Students in Recovery, Bellmont 222A
Join the Longhorn Wellness Center’s mindful UT program for an afternoon of rest and recuperation. Mindfulness and sleep are a powerful combination that aid in maintaining your well-being. Take an intentional break from studying, try out a mindfulness practice, grab a snack or make a sleep kit to-go!
1 to 3 p.m.
PCL, Learning Lab 2
Join the Longhorn Wellness Center on a nature walk with the Graduate Student Assembly. Nature has powerful benefits on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Students will be guided through locations from the UT Nature Rx with opportunities to notice and connect. UT Nature Rx is a collaboration between the Longhorn Wellness Center and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
4 to 5 p.m.
In today's competitive and image-obsessed world, learning to love oneself can be a pretty daunting task, especially when society ostracizes those who don't fit the "standard." Join our peer-led, non-clinical community to connect, share wisdom, and explore feelings and struggles around self-love, body image, exercise, social media beauty culture, comparison, and more! ALL genders are welcome.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Longhorn Wellness Center, SSB 1.106
Join Voices Against Violence for a trauma-informed discussion on intersectionality, equity, and community. In guided discussion with students, staff and faculty, conversations will explore why intersectionality and equity influence the creation of meaningful and safe communities. This space will support anyone seeking guidance and wanting to sharpen their skills on how to build supportive communities that promote our collective well-being. Voices Against Violence is a program within the Longhorn Wellness Center.
5 to 6 p.m.
Join the Counseling and Mental Health Center for this workshop where you can engage in self-exploration and self-expression through a variety of art materials—without the expectation to do so verbally. Focusing on the process of art making, as opposed to the end product, is encouraged to challenge perfectionistic tendencies and practice mindfulness.
3 to 5 p.m.
CMHC (SSB 5th floor)
Take Back the Night is a gender-inclusive, survivor speak-out event that highlights resilience and the movement to end sexual violence. Connecting with community is prioritized as building thriving communities helps foster mental health and well-being for everyone. The event creates an opportunity to connect and support a community of survivors. This event is a collaboration between Voices Against Violence, Title IX and Student Emergency Services.
6 to 9 p.m.
Feminist Friday is a weekly event hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center which focuses on discussing topics related to feminism and women’s issues. This week’s event will be focused on connection, community care and accountability. Connection to a community is connected to mental health. Through discussions, guests will explore how to create a connected and caring atmosphere.
1 to 2 p.m.
Gender and Sexuality Center, WCP 2.112
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