A Message to our Students:
Welcome to Fall 2017. Be sure to take time to care for yourself and others!
Health and Psychological Student Services (HAPSS) staff want to acknowledge a range of reactions to the recent national events and tragedies. Please take the time to notice and honor your feelings and the feelings of those around you. Make time for self-care through talking, listening, moving, breathing, relaxing, or any other activity that brings you peace and balance. CAPS and SACM are here to listen and support you. If you are struggling with the personal impact of a tragedy; the tone of national discussions; or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, political affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity; please contact CAPS for support (counselors available by phone 24/7) 951-827-5531. You may also use our walk-in services (M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Veitch Student Center, North Wing). SACM is also available to support your needs at 951-827-5000. UCR CAPS and SACM can provide safe spaces for discussions on identity, grief, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of current events and other stressors. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the quarter including:
• Acknowledge your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
• Focusing on tasks or events that are in your contro
• Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you.
• Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focusMonitoring your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits.
•Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.
•Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day.
•Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus
• Attend a Wellness activity •Contact the Hate Bias Response Team if you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence: Contact Joe Virata, Assistant Dean of Students at 951-827-7215 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go online here: https://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/default.asp
•Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)