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IU South Bend Hosts Wellness Wednesdays – The Official Student Newspaper of Indiana University South Bend

IU South Bend Hosts Wellness Wednesdays – The Official Student Newspaper of Indiana University South Bend
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IU’s President Whitten initiated a Mental Health Taskforce in all IU schools in February. The goal of the task force is to investigate mental health care on campuses.

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By: Candice Slovinski
Staff Writer

IU’s President Whitten initiated a Mental Health Taskforce in all IU schools in February. The goal of the task force is to investigate mental health care on campuses.

According to the Center for Disease Control, “mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It influences how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we deal with stress, interact with others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood” (CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

One of the areas on campuses that appeared to need adjustments was stigma reduction. Advisory board member Dr. Kevin Griffith of the IU South Bend campus, was tasked with mobilizing the regional campus by utilizing the green spaces in high-traffic areas. These assignments are intended to be student-led activities.

One of the ways this has already happened was through the Student Counseling Center with Wellness Wednesdays – Yoga on the Green.

On Wednesday, September 7 at 12 noon. in the Education and Arts Courtyard, students and teachers were led by an international student from Brazil. They participated in simple yoga practices that promoted mindfulness and breathing exercises.

Wellness Wednesdays are scheduled to continue and will take place on the second Wednesday of each month. Yoga on the Green is open to all students and teachers.

This student-led initiative is a wonderful way to foster a sense of community and support for one another.

If yoga isn’t your thing, don’t fret; mindfulness and wellness come in many different forms. IU South Bend is working to host multiple events to help those who need a break, rest and fellowship with people in our community. You are not alone!

Keep your eyes and ears open for a great IU-wide event coming to the IU South Bend campus on October 12. This event will feature various pop-up tents, student activities and information to help reduce the stigma. President Whitten has donated a $25,000 two-year scholarship to the You bring change in mind initiative. While all IU campuses will receive this scholarship, Kokomo, South Bend, and Bloomington are the first three campuses to receive it. The goal with this initiative is to reduce stigma, mindfulness, relaxation and well-being.

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