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Show your support for mental health

Show support for mental health

At WSU, we want to create a campus culture that is supportive and educated about mental and emotional health.

Mental health conditions affect all of society, including many of us here at WSU. In our 2016 NCHA survey data, 34.8 percent of Cougs reported feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function in the last year.

This month, groups across campus are hosting events to raise awareness about mental and emotional health. Learn more and show your support by attending an event!

Mental health awareness campaign

To kick off the month, we’re partnering with ASWSU and student group To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) to host a mental health awareness campaign Nov. 1-4. Together, we hope to destigmatize mental illness and mental health problems.

For event information and mental health resources, follow ASWSU on Facebook or Twitter.

Campus Connect suicide prevention training

Wednesday, Nov. 2

This training covers facts and statistics about college student suicide, warning signs and how to intervene during a crisis. The training is free and all students are welcome to attend. Check out training times, and sign up on CougSync.

Keynote speaker on mental illness: Hakeem Rahim

Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30-7:30 pm, Todd 116

Come listen to Hakeem Rahim, a professional speaker on mental health awareness, depression and suicide prevention. Hakeem will talk about his personal journey with mental illness as well as strategies to support, educate, and empower students to end mental health stigma. Make sure to check out #IAMACCEPTANCE on social media.

Movember at University Recreation

Join University Recreation for Movember, a month-long campaign focused on men’s health. UREC is hosting a full schedule of events, and all are welcome to participate!

Over 450 attend Coug Health Fair

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Did you join us for the largest health fair in the region? Over 450 students, employees and community members took part in Coug Health Fair this year.

Hosted each year by Health & Wellness Services and the Cougar Health Awareness Team (CHAT), Coug Health Fair offers an opportunity for participants to pick up tips for improving their wellbeing and learn about the health resources available in our community.

This year:

  • 62 health-focused organizations and groups from the Pullman-Moscow community joined us for the fair. Exhibitors offered information on services and resources, plus all kinds of giveaways—everything from fresh apples at the WSU Tukey Orchard booth to free chair massages from Gritman Medical Center!
  • 40 participants received health screenings from HWS facilitators. During screenings, facilitators check participants’ cholesterol and blood pressure and teach them how to perform breast and testicular self-exams. Tracking your numbers and performing regular self-exams can be critical for preventing potentially life-threatening diseases, and many students don’t realize how important it is to start these healthy habits now!
  • 30 participants donated blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Each donation of blood can save up to three lives!
  • 6,659 tickets for 30 door prizes were given out to participants who interacted with exhibitors. We selected prizes designed to help support healthy habits, including a Fitbit, a Nutribullet gift package and gift certificates for massage and outdoor recreation trips.

If you missed this year’s fair, we still have plenty of opportunities for you to get a health screening and learn about health topics like stress, nutrition, fitness and sleep! Check out CougSync for the full list of workshops offered by Health & Wellness Services and our partners.

Need help quitting tobacco?

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If you’re thinking about quitting tobacco, now’s a great time to start! Starting this fall, WSU Pullman will become a tobacco-free campus.

Quitting is tough! But know that you are not alone. Health & Wellness Services has a variety of free resources to help WSU students nix nicotine. We can help you explore your options for quitting, improve your motivation and learn new ways to manage stress and cravings.

Nicotine replacements (gum, patches, or lozenges) are also available at no charge to students who participate in ongoing tobacco cessation counseling. If you’d like to find out how we can help you quit, call 509-335-3575.

In the meantime, here are five quick tips to help you get started:

  1. Know why you want to quit. Make sure your motivation is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
  2. Set a quit date. Choosing a specific quit date can help you get serious about your plan to stop using tobacco. Try to find a day when you won’t be too busy or stressed.
  3. Celebrate the small milestones. On top of the health benefits, quitting tobacco can save a lot of money. Reward your achievements and spend the cash you’ve saved on something you enjoy.
  4. Don’t do it alone. Tell the people in your life that you’re planning to quit, join a support group, talk to a counselor, or download an app to receive reminders and support. Counseling and nicotine replacements can significantly improve your chance of success and help ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
  5. Take care of yourself. Caring for your body and mind can help alleviate the stress of quitting tobacco. Exercise will improve your mood and energy. Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep every night, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  6. Try and try again. Most people try to quit smoking an average of 8 times before they succeed. Don’t give up! Each time you attempt to quit, you can learn something new about what does and doesn’t work for you, and what you need for success in the future.

Want more? Check out smokefree.gov and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.