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"Thank you so much for hosting Calm this year. The relaxation techniques we went over were extremely helpful and I feel better than I have ever felt since starting college".

Health Services Calendar of Events, Spring 2018

Kiss The Mirror. Please join us for an event Thursday, March 1st,  as we explore self-esteem and social media.  We will watch a thought provoking TED Talk, and have small group discussions following the video. This event is open to students, staff, faculty and community members and is aligned with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.   Snacks and refreshments are provided, compliments of Dining Services. Sponsored by UMD Health Services, WRAC, Dining Services and the Employee Health & Wellbeing Center. Thursday, March 1st, 12-1pm,  Griggs Center.

New Program: S.H.E.Q.S.!  A new drop-in program is starting in housing on February 26th that is open to all UMD students.  Sexual Health Education Question Sessions will be in LSH 175, on Mondays from 6-8pm and on Thursdays from 4-6pm.  Stop in to ask sexual health questions, to have access to safer sex supplies and to learn how Health Services can support you in your sexual health and relationship concerns. Facilitated by a Peer Health Educator and Public Health Education & Promotions Intern at Health Services.

New Program:  Designated Nap Zone on campus!  The Underground in the Kirby Student Center will be a designated nap zone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2-3pm, for spring semester.  It will be available for use as usual for studying, etc, but signs will be posted honoring a quieter space during those days and times.  The pilot program is a collaboration of the Student Health Advisory Committee, UMD Health Services, and the Kirby Student Center. The nap zones were inspired by the results of a needs assessment on student sleep habits and barriers.

Therapy Group for Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma.  This free and confidential group is offered by UMD Health Services Counseling for males who have experienced historical or current sexual trauma who wish to talk with others in an engaged, healing environment. Call Larry Helmbrecht-LaPointe, Ph.D., L.P., (counselor and group facilitator) at 218-726-7913 to inquire about participation and to schedule an initial discussion. Proposed start date:  Tuesday, February 6th (at 10-11:30 or 1-2:30, based on availability of participants). KSC 361.

LGBTQAI+ Coming Out Support Group.  Free, confidential opportunity for UMD LGBTQAI+ students to meet in a safe space to discuss issues of importance to their coming out, current experiences and topics generated by group participants.  Starting Thursday, February 8th, 2-3:30 at KSC 351. Facilitated by Larry Helmbrecht-LaPointe, Ph.D., L.P., Counselor at UMD Health Services.

“The Outpost”. The Medical Outpost is a drop-in program in the Kirby Student Center staffed by Health Services medical professionals.  The program is intended to conveniently address students' health questions and concerns; and to provide information about Health Services and referrals to HS as necessary. The Outpost will not be set up for exams or prescriptions.  Details:  Tuesdays, Starting January 23rd; The Studio, KSC; 11:30am-1pm; No appointment necessary. *The Outpost is informational, and is not set up to treat or fully evaluate medical symptoms

“Calm”.  Join us for brief relaxation sessions in the Library!  We will practice a different technique each week intended to help students actively de-stress. Starting January 30th, sessions are offered on Tuesdays,  10-11am,  Wednesdays, 12:15-1pm, and Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm.  Most sessions will last only 30 minutes.  Library 119. Just drop-in!  Tea and snacks will be available. Sponsored by Health Services, The Kathryn A. Martin Library, and Disability Resources.

Pet Away Worry and Stress monthly events!! 11am-1pm in the Kirby Student Lounge on select dates: see the PAWS website for current information. The focus of PAWS is to decrease stress-levels in students, faculty and staff, with therapy animals. This collaborative event is sponsored by Animal Allies, UMD Employee Wellness Program, KUMD, The Kathyrn A. Martin Library, UMD Health Services, and UMD Wellness Collaborative, UMD Serve, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, and Kirby Student Center.

Rising Above: Developing Resilience to Stress.  Self care is at the core of well-being and essential to success. Experience the transformative power of community as you join a group of other students who wish to learn skills to rise above various life stressors.  Spring workshop dates are planned for Tuesdays March 27, and April 3, 10, and 17 in the TV lounge (KSC 273B).  Times will be 1-2:30pm or 3:30-5pm, based on the availability of registrants.  Please register by calling 218-726-7913. The series of 4 workshops is FREE for registered students! UMD Health Services Counseling and Disability Resources have teamed up to offer students this opportunity. 

 Let’s Talk.  “Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to brief, informal, and confidential consultations with counselors from UMD Health Services.  Drop-in for support and resources – no appointment necessary!! Mondays 10am-12pm, and Thursdays 1-3pm in Kirby Student Center 361; and just added, Tuesdays from 5-7pm in Lake Superior Hall 175.

Grief Support Group. Every Wednesday evening.  The group will meet in RDC 301 (across from the dining center). Choose your group time, 4-5:30pm or 6-7:30pm.  Snacks provided.  Facilitated by Barb Titus,

Bystander Intervention workshops.  What you say and do can make a difference at UMD!   Attend one of our Got Your Back! UMD presentations this semester to learn more. Stay tuned for spring workshops.

AA meetings. Held weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, KSC 361.  

Northland Community Wellness Day, Saturday, April 14th, 10am-2pm.  New location!! Essentia Health Duluth Sports Heritage Center. Northland Community Wellness Day (NCWD) is committed to providing a free and inclusive community event that highlights local wellness resources and services through interactive exhibits, workshops and family friendly activities. The mission of NCWD is to promote healthy families and communities through education and awareness on health & wellness, public safety, sustainability and financial literacy.  Free admission and parking!  See our website for more details: