Volunteer Opportunity: Gamecock REACH

Student Government is launching an innovative program called Gamecock REACH that provides a peer listening resource for students who are struggling with their mental health. We envision a student population that is happy, filled with empathy and compassion, and unafraid to seek help when they need it.  Gamecock REACH will strive to be there for students through the efforts of passionate and dedicated Peer Listeners. It is an anonymous service that is staffed by students who go through a rigorous selection and training process in order to provide emotional support.                             

We are currently looking for volunteers to be Peer Listeners in our program. Participating in this program would give volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the USC community as well as develop interpersonal skills necessary for any career.

For more information or to apply, please email kc7@email.sc.edu. The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2016 at 5:00pm.

New Koru Mindfulness Workshop

KORU Introduction to Mindfulness: It’s your life don’t miss it.
 First Course offered at the University of South Carolina begins Tuesday, Oct. 4th 6:00 p. m. to 7:15 p. m.
Weekly for four weeks, 75-minutes each night: Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, and Oct 25 from 6:00 p. m. to 7:15 p. m. Students must attend all four courses to participate in Koru Mindfulness.
 Location: Green Quad Learning Center, Center for Sustainable Futures, Conference Room 104
 Students are asked to read Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Books are not provided)
 To register: https://dashboard.korumindfulness.org/web/index.php?r=course%2Fsignup&id=107 (Registration Deadline 9:00 am on Oct 4th, 2016)
 No additional materials are needed. Students are encouraged to where comfortable clothes to the classes.
 For more information, contact Jennifer Myers, jenmyers@mailbox.sc.edu 803-777-6152.
Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, is paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, non-judgmentally.
A koru, the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond, is the natural representation of the balance between perpetual growth and stability.This workshop series offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, which offer the type of growth symbolized by the koru.  Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life.
The course, consisting of 4 classes, is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind; and through the practice of meditation. If you are feeling pressured, stressed, want to experience your life in the now, replaying less of the past or worrying less about the future, or just interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you!
Beginners and experienced meditators welcome!
To learn more about Koru Mindfulness and The Center for Koru Mindfulness: http://korumindfulness.org/
 Can’t make it to the class? Access Free Guided Meditations through Koru Mindfulness: http://korumindfulness.org/guided-meditations/
 Continue your weekly practice at Wind Down Wednesdays: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/meditation/
 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction group is offered through Counseling & Psychiatry, 5th Floor Close-Hipp Bldg, 803-777-5223: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cp/groups/schedule/ 


Suicide Prevention Awareness Table Wrap Up

On Thursday, September 15, we held a table on Greene Street to spread awareness about suicide and also spread positivity. Our table featured a statistics board, to show why it is important to care about suicide prevention on our campus and to also show people that may be struggling that they are not alone and that there are resources available to them. We also had goodie bags featuring candy, 1 in 4 buttons, and several pocket resources such as How to Help a Friend, Having Trouble Coping from the Suicide Prevention Line, and signs to look for from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. We also had extra resources on the table such as  signs of stress, information about the Counseling & Psychiatry services on campus, and information about our organization and how to join. One of our most notable activities at this table was the handing out of positivity balloons, which were big purple balloons with a quote attached to it. These were given out at random and even someone on a unicycle took one. Overall, this event was successful even if it was windy/hot. It is estimated through distribution of resources, we reached around 50 students on our campus. The officers of Active Minds thank ourSuicide Prevention f16 volunteers who helped with this event!                                                                                                                                             Suicide Prevention f16 2