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Mental Health

Mental Health


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 2020

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!

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.

Mindfulness U

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.


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 alond your journey to a more mindful you!

Deep Breathing Exercise


Open Sessions 2020

Mindfulness Classes
  • January Classes at 7:00pm: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11
  • February Classes at 6:30pm: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
  • March Classes at 12:00pm: 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 3/31
  • April Classes at 8:00pm: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29

Click here to sign up for the Mindfulness Classes!

Contact Us!

If you are interested in meeting with us personally, fill out a form here: Mental Health Consultation or contact Sami at

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

Booth House
1536 4th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

Academic Year Hours

8am – 4:30 pm

Summer Hours

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

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