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Mental Health

mental health


My name is Cynthia Kmety. I am the Mental Health Promotion Coordinator here at the HERC. I am a graduate assistant currently pursuing my Masters degree in Interpersonal Communications with a focus in health studies. Here are some of the resources that I offer, feel free to reach out at

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Open Sessions for the 2023 Academic Spring Semester


Learn about tips to becoming accustomed to college life!

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!

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.

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 11th         @5 PM in the Klehm Food Lab 2309
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!

  • March 31st          @5 PM located in the Effingham room (3rd floor of the union)


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:

Rise and Thrive: Resiliency (ReST)

Resiliency Training

ReST 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. Expected benefits include improving physical and emotional health, strengthening relationships and social connection, increasing academic/work performance, managing challenges/difficulties, achieving goals, and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Fill out this form to sign up:                  See you there! :)

             Classes                  Dates                            Time                      Location 

     Check back for more dates next semester!

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!

Daily Calm | 10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation | Be Present - YouTube

Mindfulness Classes Spring 2023

In our 4-week curriculum Mindfulness Classes you will learn mindful 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!

Week 1: Intro to Mindfulness, belly breathing, dynamic breathing, body scan meditation

Week 2: Meditation for restless minds, walking meditation, meditation gathas               

Week 3: Guided imagery and labeling thoughts                                                              

Week 4: Eating meditation and labeling emotions                                                           

Sign up here:

    Classes                  Dates                            Time                      Location         

Mindfulness 1          March 21st                 @2 PM            Martinsville Room 

Mindfulness 2          March 28th                @2 PM            Martinsville Room   

Mindfulness 3          April 4th                     @2 PM            Martinsville Room     

Mindfulness 4          April 11th                   @2 PM           Martinsville Room 


Raising Awareness  

SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) 

During the entire month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is to make respect for others the norm, to take action to promote the safety of others, and to show survivors they are believed and supported.  

For the full list of events visit:…...............calendar of campus events 


Tuesday, April 4, 2023 

Get the Tea on Consent 

Thomas Dining Breezeway @11-1 

Stop by for a fun and interactive talk about consent and sip some tea while participating! Students can expect to have an actual conversation about sex: honestly, openly, and authentically. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2023 

Sex is Like Pizza 

Khlem Hall 2309 @5 PM

Join us to learn how to make your own pizza and see how ordering a pizza is comparable to asking for consent! sex is like pizza event

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 


Lawson Basement @6:30-8 

Awareness is the first line of defense. Join the HERC and the Housing Office in learning some self-defense techniques with True Force Martial Arts.  

self defense


Wednesday, April 26, 2023 

Denim Day Awareness Tabling 

University Union Bridge Lounge @10-12 

Stop by to learn more about Denim Day and consent. There will be denim earring making, a coloring contest, and other giveaways!


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!


  • March 30th: Mental Health Tabling, Union Bridge Lounge @10-12
  • April 4th: Consent tabling, Thomas Breezeway @11 AM- 1PM
  • April 18th: Self-care corner tabling, Taylor Dining Breezeway, @11-1
  • April 24th: Don't Stress, Ace That Test!, Thomas Dining Breezeway, @10-12
  • April 26th: Denim Day Tabling, Union Bridge Lounge, @10-12

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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