We are very excited to launch our first ever Wellness Week today! DIME’s Student Services team have organized a range of activities and workshops which aim to raise awareness of the importance of self-care and good mental health. Each day of the week is themed, and will focus on promoting a specific way that students can manage their mental health. Themes include mindfulness, gratitude, fitness, positive self-image, and healthy eating. We are also looking forward to welcoming some external guests. A representative from local mental health charity Suck it Suicide will be on hand to answer questions from students on Monday, while Lauren from the Arbor Wellness Center will be joining us for a yoga session on Wednesday. On Friday we welcome guests from Michigan State’s Extension Program who will be sharing healthy eating ideas and tips on how to eat well on a college student’s budget.
A recent study published in October by Help Musicians UK found that 70% of musicians have struggled with anxiety and depression. Activities such as Wellness Week have been designed to address these high percentages and promote positive engagement with mental health. DIME’s Head of Student Services, Jess Hamlin, said:
“Student support is at the heart of DIME’s ethos. Our aim is to ensure that every student feels supported and able to get help if they need it. We also want students to know that sometimes it’s okay not to be okay, and that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. We hope that Wellness Week helps to de-stigmatize mental illness, and provide students with positive ways to manage their mental health.”
Outside of Wellness Week, students are able to access 1-2-1 support from the Student Services team at any time. DIME has also developed relationships with local agencies who can offer free and low cost therapy, housing services, and addiction programs. For questions, please contact Student Services.
Check out the full program here!