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Mental Health

Free vector hand drawn world mental health day


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

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


Self Care

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

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:

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:



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 -

Available Resources

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.



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Contact Information

Health Education Resource Center

2201 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Academic Year Hours

8am – 4:30 pm

Summer Hours

8am – 4:30 Monday – Thursday, 8am – 12pm Friday

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