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You’ve Been a Herd – Mental Health and Wellness Update #4 | Announcements | News


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Happy Valentine day! Did you know that Worcester was once a center of the American Valentine’s Day industry? Learn more here! To honor Worcester’s (and WPI’s!) Valentine’s Day spirit, we encourage you to take some time today to show others you care, with random acts of Valentine’s Day cuteness like:

  • Drop a note to someone you don’t talk to often and get informed. Tell them you care.
  • Call your parents or another family member or close friend. They will appreciate that you thought of them!
  • Buy inexpensive valentines from a local store (or make your own!) and hand them out to friends, teachers, or staff.
  • Donate to a local organization that supports a cause close to your heart.

Together, let’s find different ways to share the love on Valentine’s Day and make those around us feel special and taken care of.

Be good together

  • The task force is reviewing data collected on the mental health and well-being of faculty and staff and will develop recommendations for inclusion in a supplemental report, following the Phase One report on student needs.
  • The university will appoint an implementation team to put the recommendations into action. Watch for an update soon.
  • A Director has been recruited for the Wellness Center! Stay tuned for a profile and an update on the Centre’s construction.
  • In addition to increasing its full-time staff, SDCC also has part-time counselors to improve student access to mental health services, even during the busiest times.

Recently, there have been questions regarding the experience and training of counselors at CCSD. All SDCC counselors are experienced therapists who specialize in college mental health. In addition, SDCC also employs well-trained and supervised clinical interns who are currently working towards licensing. All SDCC staff members are passionate about providing the highest level of support to WPI students.

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Get excited and get ready for what’s next!

Prepare to make connections both within WPI and far beyond with the Spring 2022 Academic Counseling Day and Virtual Career Fair on February 24, a day just for students to focus on their academic needs. and their career opportunities. Additional activities are also planned for WeConnect Day.

Academic advisory day: Schedule time with your academic advisor (you can find their information in Workday) for advice on majors, courses, and project selection, in addition to broader educational mentoring and career guidance. Your faculty advisor can help you find educational and social services resources on campus, learn good study habits, and troubleshoot issues with other students, teams, and faculty, and can help you with letters. of recommendation. They can also connect you with resources for personal concerns (roommates, partners, mental/emotional health) Watch for additional information from your specific department or counselor but, in the meantime, take time with your counselor for you ensure you are on the right path to building a bright and rewarding future.

2022 WPI Virtual Career Fair: Organized on Handshake from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the job fair is aimed at students and graduates of all degrees and disciplines looking for a full-time job, an internship, a co-op or a part-time experience. Learn more and register here.

WeConnect: A casual day of student-led activities with support from faculty and staff is being planned to help foster bonds within our campus community. If you want to come up with a simple activity, write it down on this worksheet.

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Start the conversation

Sometimes it’s easier to open up to other people who are going through the same experience as you. SDCC offers many group therapy sessions on topics such as sleep, OCD, being a student-athlete, grief, LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity, and many more. If you don’t want to commit to meeting regularly, you can try a walk-in event. Learn more about each group and sign up here.


Community voices are getting real about mental health and wellness.

Student photo, Zoe '22

Spotlight on community voices

“When I’m depressed, I lean on those close to me for comfort and support. They ground me by reminding me of my own unique strengths, passions, and motivations. Everyone is wonderful and beautiful in their own way. Sometimes it the people you love should remind you of this beauty.—Zoé Januszewski ’22

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C-Term Wellness Challenge

Looking for a fun way to improve your physical health and fitness while having the chance to win prizes? Take part in the Sports and Recreation Center Wellness Challenge, open to all students to encourage all kinds of healthy habits. Find the list of activities here and on Instagram (@wpireccenter). There will also be weekly challenges that will be posted in the gym and on social media, so keep an eye out for additional entry opportunities! Learn more and RSVP here.

To access previous editions of the You’ve Been Herd MHWB newsletter, click here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

Be well together | SDCC
National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741
Student Health Services | I am concerned about a student form

This email is intended to be provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger of suicidal action or other threat, call the WPI Campus Police at 508-831-5555 (or call 911 if off campus) or present yourself for medical care. emergency at a nearby hospital.