President Schill celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear University of Oregon Students,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, I would like to acknowledge the stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and isolation that many in our university community have experienced over the past two years. Throughout this time, our community has worked together to overcome many challenges and supported one another.

Because of the strength of our community, the University of Oregon remains committed to working together to create a positive environment for learning, teaching, and research. Supporting the mental health and well-being of our campus community is an important element of this work. As Brielle Wiener, the new Chair of the Counseling Services Student Advisory Board, mentioned in the video at the beginning of this news, the University has a number of resources to promote mental health awareness:

  • Kognito, a virtual mental health training course to learn how to have effective conversations with your peers to support their mental health. Any UO student, faculty or staff member who completes the training before the end of May will be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty $20 Duck Store gift cards, with the first 100 receiving a free scoop of Salt ice cream and get straw.
  • Take part in an anonymous mental health screening that assesses students’ shared concerns.
  • May Mental health awareness events including workshops, providing Stress Less Kits at weekly tabling events and engaging students in the Kindness Rock Project.

In addition, University Health Services (UHS) has a number of resources available to you as a UO student through Counseling Services (CS), Medical Services and the Duck Nest:

  • Let’s Talk, a drop-in service offering easy access to free, informal and confidential consultations with a CS representative
  • Group therapy and short-term individual therapy services
  • Identity-based specialists to support students from marginalized communities
  • Two apps, WellTrack and Nod, for easily accessible resources to improve mental health
  • Case manager support to help you find mental health support in your area
  • Medication management by healthcare professionals
  • Duck Nest Peer Wellness Chit Chats for peer connection and support
  • After hours support and crisis line (541-346-3227) to speak to a psychiatrist when CS is closed
  • Online Self Care Kit, Be Well Blog and Duck Nest Wellness Resources
  • Follow the Counseling Services, Duck Nest Wellness Center, and HealthyUO Instagram accounts for self-care tips, mental health programs, and wellness resources.

Further information can be found on the websites of the advisory services and the university health service. Please reach out to these professionals and programs this month and each month to find support and connect with resources.


Michael H Schill
President and Law Professor

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