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Welcome to IN THE KNOW, Summer Edition! The Counseling Center sends this email newsletter periodically during the academic year to let our partners across campus know about the various skill-building and outreach activities we offer. We hope you are well. Things look different as we now offer telehealth counseling and virtual outreach, but serving students remains our top priority. Please feel free to share with others who may find this information useful.

 
   
 

Counseling Center Summer Reminders

 
 
 
 

Happy summer, Illini! We want to let you know that we are here and ready to support you this summer! Our hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will be closed on Independence day, July 5. If you are in need of assistance after hours, please call the Rosecrance Crisis Line at 217-359-4141. You can also request summer outreach by filling out an outreach request form at this link.

 
   
 

Daily Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops - Summer Edition!

 
 
 
 

Many students have let us know they would find benefit in daily guided meditations, so we are now offering daily mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. The 30-minute workshops will be held each weekday at 4:15 p.m. starting on May 24. Each day has a theme: Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays.

These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.

Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050         Password: CCMind

 
   
 

RIO Online

 
 
 
 

These times are not easy. Feeling isolated and lonely is very common, and life is very different than it was before the pandemic. Many people are having strong reactions to these changes. RIO, which is led by Counseling Center clinicians, provides an interactive experience that helps you

-Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.

-Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.

-Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. We do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/RIOSUMMER.

After you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to attend and your materials.

Summer 2021 Dates

Tuesday, June 22 and June 29, 5-6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 30 and July 7, 8-9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13 and July 20, 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14 and July 21, 5-6 p.m.

Thursday, July 22 and July 29, 11 a.m. - noon

Tuesday, July 27 and August 3, 4-5 p.m.

RIO Summer Flyer

 
   
 

Art Space

 
 
Art Space Workshop 
 

Creating art can be be a stress release, help calm anxiety, and allow people to process their emotions. On Monday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., the Counseling Center offers an Art Space Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 837 0496 8094            Password: art 

 
   
 

Kognito At-Risk Suicide Prevention Training

 
 
 
 

The University of Illinois Counseling Center has parterned with Kognito At-Risk to provide online training simulations. We hope that each faculty/staff member and each student will participate in this Kognito At-Risk training, which will help you to better identify, support, and connect distressed students with campus services. Kognito At-Risk has the feel of a video game as you make choices about what to say and do in conversations with students who may be distressed. It takes just 30-40 minutes to complete. Choose from faculty/staff or student modules. There are also specific modules for reaching out to students who are military veterans and those who identify as transgender. You can experience Kognito here: https://ui.kognito.com.

 
   
 

WellTrack Available For Students

 
 
WellTrack 
 

WellTrack, an app that offers a suite of online tools and courses to help students identify, understand and address mental health issues is now available. WellTrack employs aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It features a mood tracker, modules that teach students about managing anxiety and depression, and useful tools such as meditations and reminders for users to include enjoyable activities in their days.

Students can access the WellTrack app by downloading from Google Play or the App Store and then logging in with your Illinois email address and password.  WellTrack can also be accessed via the web at Illinois.WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password. 

 
   
 

Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups

 
 
Mindwise 
 

The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, and/or hopelessness might actually be related to depression. 

Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.

To access the screenings, please visit our website.

 
   
 
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