The fall semester may seem far away, but time is going to fly by and we’ll be back in Burlington before you know it! On October 2, Active Minds @ UVM will be joining thousands of people nationwide to walk in in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to save lives, honor loved ones, and raise awareness for the community. Registration is easy and free – click here to join the Active Minds team in our walk. More details coming soon. Let’s make a difference!
National STRESS OUT Week is April 12 to 18, right before finals! On Monday, April 12, we will be handing out stress relief kits, study tips, and other fun freebies right outside of the Davis Center so please stop by! We will also be hosting a day of fun which includes arts and crafts, movies, games, and therapy dogs. Take a break from this hectic time of year and take care of yourself!
The week of February 22-26 at UVM was full of education, advocacy, healing, and hope: Active Minds worked in conjunction with Health Promotions to promote National Eating Disorder Awareness Week on campus.
We kicked things off Monday evening with a candlelight vigil. Participants came and decorated white paper bags with names of people they knew that were either suffering from, fell victim to, or living a lifestyle of recovery from an eating disorder. We lit candles in the bags and watched the messages of hope light the walkway outside of the Marche. From there we attended a panel discussion featuring a psychologist from UVM’s Counseling Center, a nutritionist in the community, a therapist from the community, and four brave students who are recovering from an eating disorder. We discussed the difficulties and benefits of recovering in a college setting and talked about what resources are available to students.
Wednesday evening, despite the snowfall, students attended our screening of Darryl Roberts’s provocative documentary “America the Beautiful.” Following the film, we discussed the damaging impact the media has on society and how we, as students, can combat the misguidance of the photoshopped, airbrushed, and digitally enhanced images bombarding the America. Many students left that evening expressing how motivated and inspired they were to become more active in criticizing the media’s false portrayal of beauty.
Thursday evening featured our final event. In Brennan’s, students made prayer flags portraying health, self-love, and recovery in a celebration of life. National Eating Disorder Awareness week at UVM was a huge success and we aim to continue educating the campus about the dangers of disordered eating.