Wellness Workshops

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Suicide & Depression SeminarIt's Real: College Students & Mental Health

October 18, 2018, 7-8 p.m., Brooks Auditorium (Brooks Hall 134)

1 convocation credit offered

short film and discussion

Depression does not always lead to suicidal thoughts. Come find ways to increase your understanding of specific mental health issues, learn from the stories of 6 students as they share about how to spot and help friends who may be struggling, and have honest conversations about mental health & well being.

“The suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s and suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among college students.”--American College Health Association (2016). Retrieved from www.afsp.org

Walk to Fight SuicideOut of Darkness Walk

Bulldogs Walk to fight suicide with Alabama’s AFSP chapter. Register today to join others from Samford in raising money for the cause!

Walk Date: 11/04/2018
Walk Location: Veterans Park (New Location) - Birmingham, AL
Check-in/Registration Time: 1 p.m.
Walk Begins: 2:30 p.m.
Walk Ends: 4 p.m.

Support Groups

Weekly open groups, facilitated by Counseling staff

Anxiety Discussion Group

Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. - September 4th- December 4th

Meeting Location: DBH 201

Come find rest, support, validation, and education to help you face and manage the presence of anxiety in your life

“56.9% of the general college student body report overwhelming levels of anxiety within the past year.”--National College Assessment Survey by ACHA (2015). Retrieved from www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. - September 4th- December 4th

Meeting Location: DBH 201

This weekly group exists to offer mental health support to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Come find a space where you are known, can share in confidence, and access resources that help you thrive during your time at Samford.

"LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth."–-Center for Disease Control & Prevention (2016). Retrieved from www.thetrevorproject.org

Previous Events

Talk to MeTalk to Me…What Did You Say?!

September 27, 7-8 p.m., Brock Forum (DBH 131)

Convocation credit available

Conflict is a part of life.  Miscommunication is the fuel that ignites a difficult situation and sends it into a raging, out of control fire.  How did we get to this point?  Can we talk about it?  What were you really trying to say?  What did they hear you say? 

This session will address how to communicate clearly and how to minimize conflict by addressing it in a constructive and timely manner.  We will discuss how to employ characteristics outlined in 1 Peter 3:8-11 (harmony, sympathy, love, courtesy and humility) in ways that will result in having more peace in your life than drama and confusion.

Divorce is not the final answerDivorce Is Not the Final Word!

“Divorce has been found to affect between 40 and 50 percent of the current marriages across the United States with more than a million of the young children and teenagers experiencing parental divorce annually.”--Bureau of the Census of the United States (2009)

Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m., includes dinner (Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 15, 22)

*Closed Registration

Convocation credit available

Facilitator: Sara Dungan, LPC

Divorce does not have to be the final word in your family's story.  Come find new ways to hope, love and be a family on the other side. In this group, Sara invites adult children of divorce to reflect on the impact divorce has had on their family and discuss productive responses to typical challenges of post-divorce family life.

"Parental divorce has been found to influence adolescents & young adults in various developmental areas, including but not limited to: self-esteem, sociability, academic performance, unhealthy coping skills, increased anxiety and depression, life goals and objectives, including their own path to intimate relationships."--Block, K. and Spiegel, S. (2018). The Impact of Parental Divorce on Emerging Adults’ Self-esteem. Retrieved from www. wp.nyu.edu/steinhardt-appsych_opus

Real Relationships 101Real Relationships 101: Let’s Get Real

"National studies show that millennials are taking more time to tend to their emotional development, self-awareness, financial stability, and professional success. In turn, young adults are spending more time pursuing their personal values, like politics, religion, education, and redefining the meaning of marriage. The shifting view of marriage as a choice instead of necessity provides an opportunity of gravity and intentionality in one’s relational development."--Hermanson , M. (2018, July 3). How Millenials are Redefining Marriage. Retrieved from www.gottman.com

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31)

Facilitators: Tray and Melody Lovvorn
Location: BSOB 189
Convocation credit available

Discover and understand the power of meaningful and lasting relationships. This 5-6 week crash course will help you gain new insights, build real connection, and unlock the keys that will help you create successful, fulfilling and lasting relationships with those you love. This course is full of wisdom, taught by relationship experts, Tray and Melody Lovvorn from years of walking individuals and couples through proven relationship tools and practical tips on building healthy relationships, real connection and intimacy that lasts a lifetime.



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Why Should I Be Mindful?

Tuesdays at 10 a.m., CHS building

Instructor: Lyndsay Cogdill Clark

Growing bodies of research are marking the mental and physical benefits of practices that require slowing down, being present to your body, breath, mind, and enhancing one’s skills to refocus thoughts. This Cadre will explore the nature of anxiety, deepen understanding of habit-formation in the brain, emotions, education on and practice of Mindfulness, as well as discussing where and how spirituality fits in. The hope of this Cadre is to create space in one's week to slow down and deepen one's holistic sense of well-being: mind, body, spirit.