Tiered Levels of Campus Engagement
All campus events and opportunities for engagement sponsored by Counseling Services & Wellness Programs are intended to promote wellness of heart, mind and body among Samford students. Educational events are designed to foster understanding, personal development, growth and healing. Our office utilizes five different levels of engagement in addressing mental health and wellness to meet the diverse needs and accessibility of our student population. In addition to individual counseling, we also facilitate support groups, workshops, wellness cadres and seminars to raise awareness about mental health issues on campus. Contact Lyndsay Cogdill Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Seminars and Workshops
Seminars are free, campus-wide, one-time events. Workshops are 6-8 week topic-driven therapeutic studies led by community experts/professionals, to take a more in depth approach with a given wellness-related issue in a semester. Because of this, workshops are closed groups once they begin, and a $75 fee is charged at the time of registration.
This 6-week opportunity is designed for students interested in conversing and reflecting on their personal experience with divorce--being a part of a broken family--at a deeper level!
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Annual Walk
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Annual Walk
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of Darkness Walk
Support Groups are open, weekly groups, facilitated by members of the Counseling Services staff and develop each semester as need dictates. You can attend groups as able each week, no registration needed. If you have interest in a group on a particular topic, and it is not available on campus at the time of a request, Counseling Services & Wellness Programs will assist in trying to locate one in the community.
Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group
Check out community groups & resources off campus: http://www.aa.org/
"Substance abuse does not discriminate. No one, regardless of whether they come from a good family or have a high GPA, is immune to drug abuse. There is no ‘type’ of drug addict, as substance abuse can affect anyone" https://www.addictioncenter.com/college/facts-statistics-college-drug-abuse/
Eating Disorder Support Group
Check out community groups & resources off campus: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/groups/eating-disorders/al/birmingham.
"Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness" Smink, F. E., van Hoeken, D., & Hoek, H. W. (2012). Epidemiology of eating disorders: Incidence, prevalence and mortality rates. Current Psychiatry Reports,14(4), 406-414
Anxiety Discussion Group
*see Samford Cadre listing through the Office of Spiritual Life for “Understanding & Managing a Common Physiological Self-Preservation Response: Anxiety”
"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 pm
This group exists to offer mental health support to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Come find a space where you can share in confidence, access resources, and cultivate community that helps 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
Cadres are 8-week discussion groups that focus on a particular topic or book organized through the Office of Spiritual Life and listed online each semester under Banner. Counseling Services & Wellness facilitates and advertises various wellness-focused options that integrate mental and spiritual well-being. For more details, questions, or registration interests contact the Office of Spiritual Life.