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Events Slated for Mental Health Awareness Week

By Maryland Today Staff

National Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to start improving your mental health. Join the Counseling Center and campus partners Oct. 4-8 for free programming to break down health barriers, stamp out stigmas and take time for self-care:

Monday, noon-1 p.m.: Memorial Chapel Labyrinth
Nurture With Nature: Join the Health Center, Counseling Center and Memorial Chapel to relax and connect with nature. Gather at the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance at the Memorial Chapel for a guided meditation, mindful labyrinth walk and free lunch. In case of rain, meet at the Garden Chapel. Registration requested.

Monday, 3- 6 p.m., McKeldin Library steps
Planting Healthy Roots: Join the UMD Mental Health Coalition and take home your own potted succulent.

Wednesday: 4-6 p.m., Stamp Studio A
Community Canvas: Painting to Heal from Injustice: The Counseling Center and Studio A invite marginalized students to come together and find collective healing through painting two pieces of your own, one to keep and one as part of a mural showcased on campus. All supplies will be provided. Registration requested.

Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stamp Student Involvement Suite
Depression Screenings: Take a brief depression assessment and talk privately with a counselor about the results. Stop by to learn more about your mental health, find ways to help a friend, or get information about the Counseling Center.

Thursday, 5-7 p.m., virtual
Movies for Mental Health: Lean on Me and the Counseling Center host a free screening of award-winning short films focused on mental health, followed by a panel-led discussion about these films and the resources available to assist and empower UMD students to seek mental wellness. Registration requested.

Friday, noon-3 p.m., McKeldin Mall
Terps Take Care Fair: Join the Counseling Center and the Department of Resident Life for this event with therapy dogs, free food, games, carnival activities, prizes and more.

Friday, 3-4 p.m., McKeldin Mall
Mindful Yoga on the Mall: Join the Counseling Center and RecWell for yoga practice outdoors to relax and get grounded. Please bring your own mat or towel. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

For more details on any of these events, visit go.umd.edu/MHAW21.

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