Be Well Together Issue #11
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This message was sent to the WPI community.
The first Wellness and Community Day of the academic year (September 23) was full of activities and events for the WPI community.
Be Well Together is a biweekly newsletter series launched in late 2021 to update the community on the work of the WPI Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force, along with news, initiatives, and resources available on campus and beyond. This year, Be Well Together will also share news and information from the Center for Well-Being, Student Development and Counseling Center, and the Public Health Team as part of WPI’s holistic approach to wellness.
How Did You Spend Wellness Day?
Did you participate in the September 23 Wellness Day? We hope you enjoyed it and found ways to support your wellness. Give us some feedback here to help us continue to shape future Wellness Day programming.
Help us Plan November 7 Wellness Day
The next Community and Wellness Day is November 7 and will feature Yoga of Immortals (YOI) with Ishan Shivanand, among other awesome events. Complete this form by October 12 if you’d like to host or co-sponsor an event on November 7.
Mental Health Awareness Week
The CWB will host a variety of activities October 3-7 to help students, faculty, and staff develop their own wellness tools. Join the CWB Peer Well-Being Ambassadors in awareness campaigns about healthy relationships, design your own stress management tools—like plant therapy, essential oils, and crystals—and map out a wellness plan. You can also learn how best to use the Rec Center machines and end the week with a therapeutic nature walk nearby. Details are here.
Mental Health Implementation Team (MHIT) Enters Phase Two
The students, faculty, and staff of MHIT have been busy operationalizing recommendations from the Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force to infuse mental health and well-being into all aspects of campus life. To learn more about what MHIT accomplished over the summer and what’s coming next, click here.
Finals Week Tips From Students
No one knows finals week better than students, so we’re re-sharing the top tips students shared with Academic Advising for managing finals week—from setting up a quiet study spot to taking breaks to being proud of yourself!
Emerging Leaders Program
The Leading Edge Series for the Emerging Leader is an in-person, seven-part series open to all undergraduate students during B-Term. You will learn about a variety of topics including Self-Awareness, Decision Making and Value Impact, Communication, Diversity, Empowerment and Personal Growth. Apply here. For additional info, contact Mackenzie Lipman, Assistant Director of Student Activities, at email@example.com.
COVID Vaccination Boosters
Experts predict a surge in COVID this winter, and WPI strongly urges everyone on campus to keep up to date on vaccines and boosters to help prevent severe illness. Currently, the FDA has approved 2 bivalent (dual strain) vaccines, which may offer a higher level of protection against current COVID variants. Information on bivalent vaccines and boosters as well as where and when to get them can be found here.
We strongly urge you to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible and keep us GOAT strong.
WPI Student Health Services (SHS) will be hosting campus-wide immunization clinics on October 11, 12, and 26 for all students, faculty, and staff. Walgreens Pharmacy will be supplying the Pfizer COVID-19, seasonal flu, HPV, Meningitis ACWY, Meningitis B, tdap, Hepatitis B, and MMR vaccines. (WPI does not yet expect to have the bivalent COVID booster to be available at the clinics.) For more information, including clinic locations and forms to bring, click the dates above.
Do you know about the SDCC?
The Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC) provides free and confidential counseling, guidance, and support––or just someone to talk to––24/7. From individual and group counseling to crisis intervention to proactive prevention, education, and outreach programs, the SDCC team is dedicated to supporting the personal, social, and academic success and well-being of students. Learn more here and check out some of the varied group offerings here.
If you’re in crisis, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988.
To access previous versions of this newsletter, click here.
This email is intended to be for informational purposes only and not to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger of suicidal action or other threat, call WPI Campus police at 508-831-5555 (or call 911 if off-campus) or seek emergency care at a nearby hospital.
Remember: we are all in this together.