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SOS Week


September 25-29, 2017


Georgia Southern University Campus


Stomp Out Stigma week is a week dedicated to decreasing stigma towards mental illness on campus. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of college students who dropped out in the past five years attributed their decision to mental illness. Furthermore, approximately 1 in 4 college students struggle with a mental illness and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals 15-24 years of age. The goal of SOS Week is to create and encourage conversation among college students around mental health and the mental health resources available to them on and off campus. Programming during SOS Week is brought to you by the University Wellness Program, Health Services, the Counseling Center, University Housing and the Dean of Students Office.


Monday, September 25
Rotunda, 11am-1pm
This kickoff event will include several interactive activities to help students embrace their emotional well-being as well as many giveaways. Meet our Counselors, take Selfie’s or drop your worries in our “worry box”.
Tuesday, September 26
Fresh Check Day
Russell Union Ballroom, 10am-2pm
Fresh Check Day is the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF). JPF works closely with colleges to plan and implement Fresh Check Day in an effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. It is a celebratory fair-like event that includes: Interactive expo booths, Peer-to-peer messaging, Free food and Exciting prizes and giveaways! One student will win a 32” screen T.V.

Foam Roller Clinic
RAC Seminar Room, 7-8pm
The session includes information on self care, sleep and stress management, breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, as well as a myofascial release clinic. You will learn how to use foam rollers and tennis balls as an alternative medicine therapy for stress relief. Myofascial release can be help to promote better sleep as well as treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, releasing trigger points, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles

Wednesday, September 27

Sleep Fair
Russell Union, 10am-2pm
We are striving to raise awareness around sleep’s importance as well as help students create better sleep habits and improve nearly every aspect of their lives. We hope to highlight sleep’s benefits (and lack of side effects), and spotlight sleep’s power as the ultimate performance enhancer. *sponsored by University Wellness Program.

Worry-Free Wednesday
Russell Union, 10am-2pm
Re-visit a time when life was less stressful, your childhood. We will help you relieve your stress with coloring, playdough, therapy dogs and more. Make sure to get your “Check Up from the Neck Up” and learn your risk of anxiety and depression with our National Depression Day Screening tool. *sponsored by University Wellness Program, Wellness Ambassadors and the Counseling Center.

Cracked Not Broken, Kevin Hines
PAC, 7pm
Our speaker, Kevin Hines, is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story of surviving and thriving after an unsuccessful attempt to end his life. In September 2000, Kevin leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, a method of suicide attempt that has resulted in death for most of the 2000 people who have made that jump since the bridge was erected in 1937.
But Kevin survived. He survived, and in the 16 years since his nearly fatal try, Kevin has become the bridge between the many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones who made a similar acts. Each doing what they did to put an end to unimaginable suffering—and those left behind, wondering why? What could we have done to help?
Even further, Hines, in sharing his story, is fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more.
His refreshing honesty, realism, advocacy, and appreciation of the complex conditions that contribute to mental illness is a much-needed guiding like through the darkness of societal stigma and discrimination.
Attendance verification will be available.

Thursday, September 28

Bouldering Night Out
RAC Climbing Wall, 7-9pm
The theme of this BNO is “Climb Higher”. We hope to encourage individuals to “Climb Higher” towards improved mental health. Research shows Climbing/Bouldering to be an effective coping strategy for dealing with mental health concerns through concentration, focus and meditative state of mind. We strongly encourage individuals to dress to the theme (we usually have a best-dressed prize)! This event is open to all ranges of experience, weather you are an experienced climber or a first timer this event is fun for everyone. Prizes are raffled and food is served at each BNO, but you must be participating in the event to get the goods. Sign up is not required.

Last updated: 9/26/2017