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EIU Mental Health Early Action

Student Mental Health Days: Nov. 16-17, 2021

Programming Schedule | Other Resources | Dining Halls

We recognize that mental health issues have increased on our campus and the broader community similar to other universities across the country. These issues have undoubtedly been exacerbated by the lingering pandemic which continues to create uncertainty and stress for our students. We hear this every day from students and concerned colleagues. We know that students are accessing critical campus services such as the Counseling Center and Medical Clinic that support student wellness. Additionally, we have received feedback from faculty, academic advisors, resident assistants, and tutors that the everyday challenges of navigating higher education are especially difficult this year for everyone.

On Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17, we are scheduling Student Mental Health Days to provide our students the time and space to practice self-care—and to do so as a community.  For that reason, academic classes will be cancelled, and a variety of targeted, intentional, and focused wellness activities and educational events will be available for all students. Indeed, we strongly encourage students to take advantage of these programs and services. Specifically, classes, labs, and studios will not meet between 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, through 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Students working on campus jobs will be expected to work scheduled hours. Campus offices will be open during normal business hours.  Classes will again meet as scheduled on Thursday Nov. 18, 2021 and Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

We hope our students will use these two days designed to help de-stress and to prepare their minds and bodies to finish the academic semester strong. Please know that EIU — as a community — is ALL IN for you, for your mental health and well-being, and committed to the success of every learner. 

Mental Health Days Programming

Please note, all events are free, including guest passes to events at the Student Rec Center.

EIU Mental Health Days Programming

Tuesday, Nov. 16

10 am

10-Minute Yoga Practice: EIU Group Fitness Instagram Live @eiugroupfitness

10 am - 4:30 pm

Pop-Up Art Show by Senior Art Major Anna Brown: Glenn Hild Student Art Gallery (Room 1910), Doudna Fine Arts Center

11 am - 3 pm

Crafts for Care: MLK Jr. Union Walkway

11 am - 12 pm

Therapy Dogs: Stevenson Hall Lobby, Union Lounge, Lantz Concourse

Self-Care Sessions: MLK Union Third Floor

  • General Stress: Effingham Room
  • Meditation: Martinsville Room
  • Chair Yoga: Greenup Room

Living Room Conversation - Healing: Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union
Healing takes many forms and can mean many things to different people. Going to the doctor and pharmacist can be part of the process of becoming healthy again. Accessing our internal power to engage in the process of becoming and/or remembering our wholeness may be part of healing. Come and join us for a respectful and guided conversation talking about all aspects that can support or influence healing! 

12 - 1 pm

Faculty Commons - Talk Space: Zoom

With the pause to the semester on November 16 & 17, the FDIC Director, Dr. Michael Gillespie, wants to offer a space for faculty to come and talk about our own well-being, ideas for wellness, student concerns and mental health, and other related topics. It has been heavy these few weeks on campus and in our classes. Let's take time to process together, listen to each other, and help each other so we can make the most of these final weeks of the semester. This faculty commons, a talk space, will take place on Zoom over the lunch hour so we can connect from where ever we may be.

12 - 1 pm

Wellness Resources: Various tables at Thomas, Taylor, and Tower Dining and Food Court

12 - 12:30 pm

HIIT Class: Student Rec Center

12:30 - 1 pm

Deep Stretching Class: Student Rec Center

1 - 1:45 pm

Campus Walk: Meet at Campus Pond Pavilion, end at the Library Quad, guides provided.

1:45 - 3 pm

Playground on the Library Quad: Library Quad

  • Cocoa and Cookies
  • Big Pink Volleyball
  • Bags
  • Spikeball
  • KanJam
  • Trike Races  

3 - 4 pm

Prayer/Reflection: Thomas, Taylor, Andrews & Lawson Hall Basements

Honors Gone to the Dogs: Thomas Hall Lobby
Come visit with Honors Dean Richard England and his friendly standard poodles, Pippa and Ciaran. We will start out in Thomas Hall lobby, and, weather permitting, go out to play nearby!  

Living Room Conversation - Healing: Zoom
Healing takes many forms and can mean many things to different people. Going to the doctor and pharmacist can be part of the process of becoming healthy again. Accessing our internal power to engage in the process of becoming and/or remembering our wholeness may be part of healing. Come and join us for a respectful and guided conversation talking about all aspects that can support or influence healing! 

4 - 4:45 pm

Barre Class: Student Rec Center

5 - 5:45 pm

Panther Cycle: Student Rec Center

5 - 6 pm

Zoomba: Student Rec Center

5:30 - 7 pm

Diversi-Tea with the Honors Dean: Thomas Hall Lobby
Join Honors College Dean Richard England for a celebration of international education week. Tea and a range of international sweets and treats will be served in Thomas Hall lobby, along with games, coloring, and conversation. Come out, relax, connect and celebrate some of EIU’s many nationalities.

6 - 7 pm

Burn to the Beat: Student Rec Center

7 - 7:30 pm

Power Yoga: Student Rec Center

7 - 9 pm

Bowling: MLK Jr. Union

7:30 pm

Jazz Lab Band: Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

 

Wednesday, Nov. 17

8 am - 5 pm

On-Campus COVID Vaccine Clinic: University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union | Make an Appointment

Get peace of mind and protection from COVID! First doses, second doses and boosters will be available for Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines. Boosters are recommended for students living in residence halls and other congregate situations.

10 am - 4:30 pm

Pop-Up Art Show by Senior Art Major Anna Brown: Glenn Hild Student Art Gallery (Room 1910), Doudna Fine Arts Center

11 am - 3 pm

Crafts for Care: MLK Jr. Union Walkway

11:30 am - 2 pm

Self-Care Open House: Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union

  • Therapy Dogs
  • Meditation Space
  • Chair Yoga
  • Beginner Yoga
  • Stretching 
  • Sleep Hygiene: Lavender
  • Resiliency: Stress Balls
  • Spa-On-the-Go Kits
  • Affirmation Cards
  • Words of Encouragement Jar
  • Coloring Pages
  • Journaling
  • Refreshments

12 pm - 1 pm

Online Mindfulness: Zoom

1 - 2 pm

Living Room Conversation - Hope: Zoom
Hope is an energy source that resides in each of us.  It is a type of knowing beyond the five senses of touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste.  We have a choice: to keep hope alive or to live in to doubt and let hope fade away, calling it a waste of time, useless daydreaming and overly optimistic thinking. Come and join us for a respectful and guided conversation talking about the power and impact of hope!  

2:30 - 4 pm

I Scream for Ice Cream!: Pine Honors College, Pemberton Hall South
Drop by the Honors College for ice cream (and a variety of deliciously superfluous toppings). Games, Lego and relaxation over a tasty bowl of coldness. Learn a bit about Honors at EIU or just come to eat and play. All EIU community members are welcome, although ice cream supplies may run out, so come early.

5 - 5:30 pm

Glute Lab: Student Rec Center

5 - 6 pm

Step It Up: Student Rec Center

6 - 7 pm

Werk: Student Rec Center

Merchandising and Apparel Design Association Beginning Sewing Class: Fashion Lab (Room 2790), Doudna Fine Arts Center
Our first sewing night with the machines! If sewing is a way to relieve stress, please feel free to come to join us.

7 - 8 pm

Yoga: Student Rec Center

Stress Management: Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union

Worship Night: Christian Campus House (2231 4th St., across the street from Lawson Hall)

7 - 9 pm 

Breaking the Silence on Suicide: Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Union (Concurrent session also available on Zoom)
Share space with us as we honor those we have lost to suicide. This program will also include an open discussion on preventing and addressing suicide. The beginning of the program will include the opportunity to remember those we have lost to suicide with a luminary memorial. After, we will transition into a conversation on ways we can work on preventing suicide as a community and support individuals who are struggling themselves. In coming together, we hope to identify how peers and community members can offer support and learn the warning signs of suicide when no verbal indicators are present.


Other Resources

Suggested Apps

Calm

Headspace

Breethe 

Booth Library

Book a time in the Booth Library Meditation Room

Meet with a Librarian (Research Librarians can help reducing student anxiety and stress, especially at this time in the semester.) 

Tarble Arts Center Exhibits

Force Majeure

Yoko Ono: Mend Piece

Re:Hab/Re:Sound

The Graduate School

One-year subscriptions to Headspace are available to graduate students compliments of the Graduate Student Advisory Council. Click here to sign up. 

Faculty Wellness and Self Care

FDIC Website

On-Campus

EIU Secret Garden

EIU Tree Guide 

Panther Trail 

Off-Campus

Lake Charleston

Fox Ridge

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

 

Dining Halls

Taylor Dining

Hot chocolate bar during breakfast and lunch, Tuesday, Nov. 16

Thomas Dining

Fruit snacks and Goldfish crackers given out during lunch (both days)

Tower Dining

All-you-can-eat cookies (both days)

Food Court

Free bag of chips or snack bar with any purchase (both days)

EIU Student Food Pantry Hours

Wednesday: 3 - 5 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 12pm

Resources for Illinois Residents

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line

Illinois Warm Line: 1-866-359-7953

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

National Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hour): 1-800-273-8255

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-622-4357

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or text: 66008

Veteran's Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 or text: 838255

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