Welcome to In the Know! 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.
Feeling Zoom Burnout?
At this point in the academic year, most of us are feeling or have felt Zoom fatigue. For tips on managing, check out our recent Tuesday @ 7 presentation available on our YouTube channel. While you're there, our YouTube channel also features trainings on topics such as time management, self-control, and handling test anxiety. We also have several videos from students that discuss how they are staying hopeful during COVID-19 and assisting friends who are experiencing mental health concerns. New content is added regularly, so please subscribe for updates.
Counseling Center Clinical Services for Spring 2021
For Spring 2021, we are offering telehealth (online) counseling and virtual outreach and educational programming. For specifics of how this works, please view this blog post.
For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States.
Tuesday @ 7
Led by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Tuesday @ 7 workshops focus on topics that are often growth areas for students. All students are welcome. Upcoming workshops include:
Tuesday, March 23: Creating Personal “Spring Break” Practices
Tuesday, March 30: Cultivating Resilience in Difficult Times
Tuesday, April 6: Empowering Yourself Within Relationships
Zoom Meeting ID: 844 1537 2453Password: tue7
The complete list of topics for this semester can be found here.
Daily Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops
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 March 1. Each day has a theme.
-Intuitive Eating Tuesdays
-Body Awareness Wednesdays
These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.
Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050Password: CCMind
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. RIO is not considered counseling and is not confidential. We offer courses throughout the semester at different times and days to meet scheduling needs. Please register on our website.
The Counseling Center's International Student Outreach Team is now hosting weekly consultation hours for students who want to connect around issues such as culture, feeling isolated, changes in immigration laws, time differences, and other challenges they may be facing. The International Student Circle meets Friday mornings from 8 to 8:30 a.m. through the end of April.
To join the Zoom call, please use the following information.
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.
Cafecito with the Counseling Center’s Latinx Outreach Team
Join the Counseling Center's Latinx Outreach Team every Tuesday at 4 p.m. to discuss communal experiences, mental health, and resources. Drop in whenever you are free. All are welcome!
Zoom Meeting ID: 831 0750 3371Password: cafecito
Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours
Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us for Sit with Sankofa with our Black student outreach team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!
Zoom Meeting ID: 926 0208 7456Password: 276763
WellTrack Available For Students
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
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.