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Student Health and Wellness advocates for the balanced and integrated emotional, social, and academic functioning of our diverse community. Guided by our commitment to diversity and social justice, SHaW strives to create a safe and inclusive environment to enhance the quality of life on our campus.  We aim to reach every member of our community through specialized training which raises awareness, reduces stigma, addresses barriers, and promotes holistic wellness. Trainings are offered to UConn faculty, staff, and students on an array of topics.


 

SHaW's Educational Program Offerings:

Click the button above to request a program, request SHaW participation on a panel or at an event, or to request an interview with a SHaW staff member on the Storrs Campus.

Programming options may vary depending on campus. For more information about programming for Regional Campuses, please email joleen.nevers@uconn.edu.

Mental Health & Health Equity

Promoting Mental Health

Presented By: SHaW Mental Health
Facilitators: Staff
Duration: 60-90 minutes, can accommodate time restrictions
Intended audience: Students
Best for groups of: 15-100
Description: This informative and interactive workshop increases participants' knowledge of the range of mental health resources on campus and helpful self-care and stress management strategies.

Helping Students in Distress

Presented By: SHaW Mental Health
Facilitators: Staff
Duration: 60-90 minutes, can accommodate time restrictions
Intended audience: Staff or faculty
Best for groups of: 15-100
Description: This informative and interactive workshop helps participants learn the warning signs that someone is in distress, basic helping skills, and provides an overview of campus and national resources for those in crisis.

Preventing Stress with Mindfulness

Presented By: SHaW Health Promotion
Facilitators: Staff, graduate assistants
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Intended audience: Students
Best for groups of: 10-40
Description: This program helps students start or grow a mindfulness practice that will help prevent major stress and support coping during times of high stress and anxiety. Please note: This program is not the same nor a substitution for SHaW Mental Health programs listed to the left.

Oppression and Self-Care

Presented By: SHaW Health Promotion
Facilitators: Staff, graduate assistants
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Intended audience: Students
Best for groups of: any size
Description: This unique offering acknowledges the role oppression plays in the lives of historically marginalized students while empowering them to learn self-care, self-compassion, and how to instill boundaries. 

Nutrition & Physical Activity

Physical Activity for the College Student

Presented By: SHaW Medical 
Facilitators: Staff
Duration: 60 minutes
Intended audience: Students
Best for groups of: 15-30

Description: This practical and informative workshop helps participants understand the science behind their favorite gym routine or exercise class and provides information about the health benefits of a physically active lifestyle, how to start a new exercise routine, and troubleshooting common barriers and challenges to exercise in the college environment.

Nutrition for the College Student

Presented By: SHaW Medical
Facilitators: Staff
Duration: 60 minutes
Intended audience: Students, staff, or faculty
Best for groups of: 10-40

Description: Navigating eating well for energy, academic success, and overall health can sometimes be challenging for a busy college student. Participants will learn the building blocks of nutrition and strategies for eating nutritionally sound food on a college campus. Participants will also hear the facts about commonly heard nutrition myths and diets and ask questions to SHaW’s registered dietitians.

Recovery Support Services

Recovery Ally Training

Presented By:  SHaW Health Promotion
Facilitators: UConn Recovery Community Staff and student member 
Duration: 120 minutes, can accommodate time restrictions 
Intended audience:  Faculty, staff & students 
Best for groups of:  10-100 
Description: Recovery Ally Training program exists to expand awareness and sensitivity, as well as to support any individual who is in, or seeking, recovery from substance use disorders, and other mental and behavioral health disorders. This training is an interactive, two-hour session ideally delivered in-person. UConn's School of Social Work offers 2 hours of continuing education credits to participants who complete the training. 

Substance Use Prevention

Facts on Tap

Presented By: SHaW Health Promotion
Facilitators: Staff, graduate assistants
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Intended audience: Students (not available for Greek organizations)
Best for groups of: 10-50
Description: Compete in a team-based trivia game that tests your knowledge about alcohol! Trivia topics include BAC, tolerance, how the body metabolizes alcohol, and how to help your friends stay safe!

Sexual & Reproductive Health, Sexuality, & Relationships

Sexual Health Showdown

Presented By: SHaW Health Promotion
Facilitators: The UConn Sexpert Peer Educators
Duration: 60 minutes, can accommodate time restrictions
Intended audience: Students
Best for groups of: 10-100
Description: Test your sexual health knowledge by joining the UConn Sexperts for Sexual Health Showdown! Compete against your friends via Kahoot while learning all about a variety of topics, including safer-sex, contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and more! 

 


SHaW's Programs and Events will resume on January 16, 2024 for the Spring Semester

 

 


2024 Spring Semester:

Check out the full calendar below.

Sexual Health & Wellness Fair

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Join Student Health and Wellness, the UConn Sexperts, and various UConn and community partners for an afternoon of sexual health education & advocacy!

Free STI Testing, HIV Testing, Condoms & Other Safer-Sex Supplies · Sexual Pleasure Items · Educational Resources · Drawings · Games · Prizes · Food · Music · Fun!

Location: Student Union Ballroom
Monday, April 15
Time: 1 - 5pm

More Information

Out of the Darkness Walk

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The Out of the Darkness Campus Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature student fundraising series, designed to engage you in the fight to prevent suicide, a leading cause of death.

Walk Route: 2 mile route! Registration will be outside of the Student Union on Fairfield Way. Participants must bring an ID

Location: Fairfield Way
Sunday, April 7
Registration Time: 11 am
Walk Time: 11:30am

More Information

Fresh Check Day

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Fresh Check Day is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and mental health resources. Join for fun, food, games, baby cows and more!

Location: Student Union Mall
Saturday, April 20
Time: 1 - 4 pm

More Information

Free Flu Shots

Free Flu Shots

Free Flu shots by appointment. Please bring your UConn student I.D.

Location: SHaW's Hilda May building

 

Expecting & Parenting Students

Expecting Parents peer group

A peer support group for expecting and parenting students. The group meetings will be held both in-person and virtually. This is open to all undergrad and graduate students on any campus.

To receive the virtual link, please email tina.mccarthy@uconn.edu

Location: SHaW's Hilda May William's Building

Every other Friday: 11 am - 12 noon

April 5 & 19
May 3

S.H.A.P.E. Peer Education Group

SHAPE info session

S.H.A.P.E. (Students Helping Achieve Positive Esteem) is a student group that fosters awareness around eating disorders and body image. New members are always welcome!

Open to all UConn students who strive to promote accepting attitudes towards all body shapes and sizes while helping to encourage self-esteem and positive body image.

Location: Women’s Center (Student Union, 4th floor)
Thursdays: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Let’s Talk: Mental Health Office Hours

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Location: Various

Mondays - Fridays

Full Schedule Here

Group Therapy

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For many concerns that undergraduate and graduate students face – group therapy is the best option for support and healing.

Location: Arjona 4th floor

Mondays - Fridays

Full Schedule Here

Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy event

DROP-IN (no appointment required)
NEW Location: Cordial Storrs House

Tuesdays: 5 - 7 pm

or First Thursday of each month located at The Benton Museum!

The Benton from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Meditation Mondays

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DROP-IN (no appointment required)
Location: Arjona 4th Floor, Room 403

Mondays 4 pm - 5 pm

Yoga

Yoga event

Therapeutic Yoga skillfully blends movement and breathwork, with a meditative focus for a full body practice that calms, nurtures, strengthens and opens one into flexibility of body and mind.

Open to all UConn students, faculty and staff from any campus. No experience required.

NEW IN-PERSON SESSIONS
Mondays: 3 pm; Location: Arjona 4th Floor
Thursdays: 3:30 pm; Location: The Wellness Community: Troy-Shakespeare, first floor lounge.

 

Intro to Mindfulness

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DROP-IN (no appointment required)
Location: Arjona 4th Floor, Room 403

Mondays - Thursdays 1 pm - 2pm

 

All Recovery Meetings

All Recovery Meeting event

Open to all UConn students from any campus who are living with addiction to substances and/or other mental health and behavioral disorders.  Meetings are "non-denominational" and supports all pathways to recovery. Meetings will be held both in-person and virtually.

Location: Cordial Storrs House

Fridays: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Join Teams Meeting

12 Step Recovery Meetings

Recovery Ally Training event

Open to all UConn students from any campus who are living with addiction to substances and/or other mental health and behavioral disorders.  Meetings are for those seeking to explore the 12 Step model of recovery. Meetings will be held both in-person and virtually.

Location: Cordial Storrs House

Wednesdays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Join Teams Meeting

Community Yoga

Recovery Yoga Sessions

These sessions are for UConn students who are in recovery from substance misuse and/or mental and behavioral disorders, are affected by others who are, or are allies to those in recovery.  Sessions combine vinyasa yoga and pranayama breathing followed by time for open sharing.

Meetings are in person at The Wellness Community

Location: Troy-Shakespeare Hall 

Mondays: 6:30 - 8  pm

gloveBOX

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gloveBOX is a free safer-sex supply delivery service. Students can order safer-sex supplies, including condoms, lubrication, and dental dams, to have delivered directly to their mailroom.

Students can choose from 6 different boxes, up to 3 times a semester.

UConn Sexperts Drop-in Hours

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Peer Support Drop-In Hours are a great option for students who have questions about sex and sexual health, are looking for a non-judgmental, laid-back environment to discuss a sex related concern or issue, or are interested in improving their sexual health and personal well-being. Our UConn Sexperts are trained to provide education, support, and connection to resources on and off-campus on a wide variety of topics pertaining to sex, sexual health, and relationships.

Location: SHaW's Wilson Hall Building, room 124

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

LGTT 15 Minutes to Calm

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Join us for Let’s Get Together Thursdays for 15 Minutes of Calm. Practice breathing & stretches for stress relief.
Open to all UConn students from any campus. No experience required. Sessions will be held virtually.

Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Recovery Coaching

Friends of Recovery

Recovery coaches are available for one-one-one support for UConn individuals who have loved ones with active addictions or who are in recovery from substance misuse and/or other mental and behavioral health disorders.  

More Information

Lavender Resilience Collective

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The Lavender Resilience Collective is an opportunity that offers educational support for LGBTQIA+ UConn students to interrupt internalized bias based on our unique and intersecting identities. Together, students will learn new tools to help build resilience and feel empowered to be their authentic selves.

Open to both undergraduate and grad students across all of UConn's campuses.

Location: Virtual

Tuesdays: 3:30 - 5 pm

Interested students must register by Sept 15th

Calendar

  1. 4/1 CANCELED: Let’s Talk for Student Athletes with Chelsea
  1. 4/1 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/1 Let’s Talk with Fumi
  1. 4/1 Let’s Talk for Student Athletes
  1. 4/1 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/1 Yoga
  1. 4/1 Meditation Monday
  1. 4/1 Community Yoga
  1. 4/2 Fresh Check Day at Waterbury
  1. 4/2 Let’s Talk with Sijia (Michelle)
  1. 4/2 Mind & Body: Support and empowerment for students with chronic health conditions
  1. 4/2 Let’s Talk with Ashley
  1. 4/2 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/2 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/2 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/2 Pet Therapy at Storrs
  1. 4/3 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/3 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/3 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/3 Neurodiversity Support Group
  1. 4/3 Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students
  1. 4/3 12 Step Recovery Meetings
  1. 4/4 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/4 Let’s Talk with Natasha
  1. 4/4 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/4 Let’s Talk with Fumi
  1. 4/4 Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students
  1. 4/4 Yoga
  1. 4/4 CANCELED: Let’s Talk for Student Athletes with Samantha
  1. 4/4 BLOOM: Undergraduate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  1. 4/4 Growth Through Grief
  1. 4/4 S.H.A.P.E. Peer Education Group
  1. 4/4 Breathing & Gratitude Meditation
  1. 4/5 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/5 Expecting & Parenting Students; Peer Support Group
  1. 4/5 Let’s Talk at Arjona
  1. 4/5 Families with Addiction
  1. 4/5 Every Body Welcome
  1. 4/5 All Recovery Meetings
  1. 4/6 Pet Therapy at The Wellness Community in Storrs
  1. 4/7 Out of the Darkness Walk
  1. 4/8 CANCELED: Let’s Talk for Student Athletes with Chelsea
  1. 4/8 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/8 Let’s Talk with Fumi
  1. 4/8 Let’s Talk for Student Athletes
  1. 4/8 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/8 Yoga
  1. 4/8 Meditation Monday
  1. 4/8 Community Yoga
  1. 4/9 Fresh Check Day at Stamford
  1. 4/9 Hartford Pet Therapy
  1. 4/9 Let’s Talk with Sijia (Michelle)
  1. 4/9 Mind & Body: Support and empowerment for students with chronic health conditions
  1. 4/9 Let’s Talk with Ashley
  1. 4/9 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/9 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/9 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/9 Pet Therapy at Storrs
  1. 4/10 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/10 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/10 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/10 Neurodiversity Support Group
  1. 4/10 Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students
  1. 4/10 12 Step Recovery Meetings
  1. 4/10 Bridging Police and Multicultural Mental Health Awareness
  1. 4/11 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/11 Let’s Talk with Natasha
  1. 4/11 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/11 Let’s Talk with Fumi
  1. 4/11 Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students
  1. 4/11 Yoga
  1. 4/11 CANCELED: Let’s Talk for Student Athletes with Samantha
  1. 4/11 BLOOM: Undergraduate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  1. 4/11 Growth Through Grief
  1. 4/11 S.H.A.P.E. Peer Education Group
  1. 4/11 15 Minutes to Calm
  1. 4/12 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/12 Let’s Talk at Arjona
  1. 4/12 Families with Addiction
  1. 4/12 Every Body Welcome
  1. 4/12 All Recovery Meetings
  1. 4/15 CANCELED: Let’s Talk for Student Athletes with Chelsea
  1. 4/15 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/15 Let’s Talk with Fumi
  1. 4/15 Let’s Talk for Student Athletes
  1. 4/15 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/15 3rd Annual Sexual Health & Wellness Fair
  1. 4/15 Yoga
  1. 4/15 Meditation Monday
  1. 4/15 Community Yoga
  1. 4/16 Let’s Talk with Sijia (Michelle)
  1. 4/16 Mind & Body: Support and empowerment for students with chronic health conditions
  1. 4/16 Let’s Talk with Ashley
  1. 4/16 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/16 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/16 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/16 Pet Therapy at Storrs
  1. 4/17 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/17 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/17 Interpersonal Group for Graduate Students
  1. 4/17 Neurodiversity Support Group
  1. 4/17 Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students
  1. 4/17 UConn Strong: A Dialogue on Mental Health & Resilience
  1. 4/17 12 Step Recovery Meetings
  1. 4/18 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/18 Let’s Talk with Natasha
  1. 4/18 Fresh Check Day at Avery Point
  1. 4/18 Fresh Check Day at Hartford
  1. 4/18 Introduction to Mindfulness
  1. 4/18 Let’s Talk with Fumi
  1. 4/18 Interpersonal Group for Undergraduate Students
  1. 4/18 Yoga
  1. 4/18 CANCELED: Let’s Talk for Student Athletes with Samantha
  1. 4/18 BLOOM: Undergraduate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  1. 4/18 Growth Through Grief
  1. 4/18 S.H.A.P.E. Peer Education Group
  1. 4/18 15 Minutes to Calm
  1. 4/19 UConn Sexpert Drop-In Hours
  1. 4/19 Expecting & Parenting Students; Peer Support Group
  1. 4/19 Let’s Talk at Arjona
  1. 4/19 Families with Addiction
  1. 4/19 Every Body Welcome