My name is Sami Boomgarden and I am the Mental Health Promotion Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. I am a graduate assistant for the Health Education Resource Center. I cover numerous topics such as Mindfulness, The Semicolon Project, and Suicide Awareness. On top of that, I deliver presentations, disburse mental health information, and I am available for mental health consultations.
Open Sessions for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
Managing College Stress
Managing College Stress. Don’t stop stressing! Stress is a part of our everyday lives, so come learn skills and strategies to help you manage your stress levels. We’ll chat about time management, self-care, mindfulness, and much more!
February 10th 7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/2LwZTxb
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.
April 13th 6:00 p.m. Check out our FB or IG @eiu_hcs to join!
An Introduction. Do you want to decrease your stress, improve your sleep, and a number of other benefits? Learn all about mindfulness: what it is, why it's important, and how to make it a part of your daily life. Students will learn about the history of mindfulness and how to practically implement mindfulness practices in their daily routines.
March 9th 6:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3bh7XwZ
Learn How To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Daily Life
With this 4-session class you will learn how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. Mindfulness is simply learning to focus on the mind and awareness in the current moment's activity, and our lives are full of such activities. This Class will cover mindfulness skills like dynamic breathing, walking meditation, and eating meditation while encouraging you along your journey to a more mindful you!
Deep Breathing Exercise
Mindfulness Classes Spring 2021
In our Mindfulness Classes you will learn mindfull skills such as deep breathing, mindful eating, and labeling thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep, and other great benefits for college students!
Classes Dates Time
Mindfulness Class 1 Tuesday, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 6pm
Mindfulness Class 2 Wednesday, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 8pm
Mindfulness Class 3 Monday, Mar 1, 8, 22, 29 6pm
Mindfulness Class 4 Tuesday, Mar 2, 9, 23, 29 3pm
Mindfulness Class 5 Monday, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 4pm
Mindfulness Class 6 Wednesday, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28 7pm
Resiliency Classes Spring 2021
In our Resiliency Classes you will learn coping skills to improve your resilience through improving your physical, emotional, mental and social health. You'll work through activites that will help you find a positive voice, connect your values, and learn self-talk for stressful situations, to name a few.
Classes Dates Time
Resiliency Class 1 Monday, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 7pm
Resiliency Class 2 Thursday, Mar 4, 11, 25, Apr 1 5pm
Resiliency Class 3 Tuesday, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 8pm
Click here to sign up for the Mindfulness Classes and Resiliency Classes!
Spring 2021 Classes
If you are interested in meeting with us personally, fill out a form here: Mental Health Consultation or contact Sami at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.