My name is Makayla Castle. I am the Mental Health Promotion Coordinator here at the HERC. My purpose is to provide program and resources to support mental health and overall wellness. I am a graduate assistant currently pursuing my Masters degree in School Counseling. Here are some of the resources that I offer, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Sessions for the 2023 Academic Fall Semester
Learn about tips to becoming accustomed to college life!
Sept 12th: 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a non-judgmental practice that involves being aware of your mind, body, and surroundings. This presentation will teach you the history of mindfulness and a few skills to get you started in your practice!
Monday Oct 9th 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Monday Oct 16th 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Monday Oct 23rd 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Monday Oct 30th 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
We must prioritize ourselves and continuously take care of our well-being throughout the school year! This fun session provides tips, tricks, and activities that allow us to find what's best for our personal self care.
Tuesday Oct 17th 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Thursday Dec 14th 4-5 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Sex is Like Pizza
Sex is Like Pizza. Join us for a fun and interactive presentation about sexuality and consent. This is not your high school health class! Students can expect to have an actual conversation about sex: honestly, openly, and authentically.
Thursday Nov 2nd 3-4 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Monday Nov 13th 3-4 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Stress Management. Don't stop stressing! Stress is a part of our everyday lives. Come learn skills and strategies to help you manage your stress levels. We'll chat about time management, self-care, mindfulness, and much more!
Monday Sept 25th 3-4 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Thursday Dec 4th 3-4 PM MLK Union- Effingham Room
Survive and Thrive
Survive and Thrive is a 4-week curriculum that offers a careful selection of evidence-based exercises to build coping skills and promote thriving. The ReST philosophy is that there are many routes to achieving greater resiliency.
Fill out this form to sign up: https://www.eiu.edu/herc/machform/view.php?id=68848
First Session Date Time Location
Wednesday Sept 20th 5-6 PM Martinsville Room
Second Session Date Time Location
Wednesday Sept 27th 5-6 PM Martinsville Room
Third Session Date Time Location
Wednesday Oct 4th 5-6 PM Martinsville Room
Fourth Session Date Time Location
Wednesday Oct 11th 5-6 PM Martinsville Room
Request a Presentation!
If you are interested in a presentation/program in one of these topics:• Homesickness• Sex is Like Pizza• Stress Management• Self-care• Mindfulness University
Fill out a presentation request form: https://www.eiu.edu/herc/program_request.php
Out and About!
Throughout the semester I will also be around campus hosting tabling events and fun programs. Stop by and check out these exciting events!
Help Yourself to Some Relaxation
Happiness Hacks -
Beginners Guide to Sun Salutations -
5 Stretches to "Un-desk" your Body -
10-minute AM Yoga Practice -
5 Bedtime Yoga Poses to Relax -
Want to learn more about your mental health? Check out these resources:
EIU Counseling Clinic
Find a variety of on and off campus resources, make an appointment with our counselors, and learn mental health info.
Project Semicolon: Your Life Matters!
Follow this link for information on suicide prevention, mental disorders, and ways to be a mental health advocate.
Seize the Awkward
Celebrities talk about how to have hard conversations with friends.