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Stress Management, Mindfulness, and More: YCP Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-5)

April 19, 2023
Cartoon of 4 people watering a mind.

Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up, and York College is making strides to promote wellness across campus. This year, events are being held from May 1–5 to promote wellbeing for students and staff. The week is sponsored by the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Student Development and Campus Life, CAB, and Student Senate to share healthy habits and coping skills with students. 

Each year, students are facing new challenges, whether they’re adjusting to college, helping their family and going to school, or working full time. Balancing responsibilities as a student and as a sibling, caretaker, parent, partner, or employee is a lot on anyone, and can affect mental health. One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and York College’s Counseling Services wants to help students navigate their mental health by addressing their concerns in one-on-one appointments, couples therapy, or group therapy. Campus departments have planned different events for the week of May 1-5 so students have an opportunity to get involved with activities that will benefit their well-being through mindfulness moments, fitness classes, therapy dogs, crafts, and more!


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Aditi Nerurkar
Building Resilience in the Mind, Body, and Spirit

7 p.m. | Wed., May 3  |  Weinstock Lecture Hall

As we approach final exams and the end of the semester it is important to acknowledge how stress can impact academic and personal success. With this in mind, take time out of your busy schedule to hear Dr. Aditi Nerurkar provide proven strategies for building resilience when she presents a dynamic and interactive presentation titled Building Resilience in Mind, Body and Spirit. Dr. Nerurkar is a Havard MD and national expert on the neurological effects of stress.  This event is open to the entire community and the general public.


Mindfulness Moment
Virtual event with Karen Jones from MindfulnessAndMotion.com

9 a.m. |  Mon., May 1 | Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 951 2813 0108
9 a.m. | Wed., May 3 | Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 986 1512 6786
9 a.m. | Fri., May 5 | Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 957 5748 2496

Join us for a 10-minute virtual mindfulness meditation to start your day off right. Karen Jones (MindfulnessAndMotion.com) will lead us through a relaxing mindfulness practice. If you can’t join us at 9 a.m., the meditation will be recorded, posted to the portal, and available anytime throughout the day.


Group Yoga - Grumbacher Rm 261
1 p.m.  |  Mon., May 1 • Wed., May 3
7:30 p.m.  |  Mon., May 1

This class is geared towards all levels of ability with various options for modification to alter difficulty. Each session end with "Savasana", a resting pose to leave you feeling energized yet relaxed. All class are taught by a certified instructor with years of knowledge and experience who guides you through an hour long experience. 


4 p.m.  |  Mon., May 1 | Grumbacher Rm 261

Pound Fitness is Pilates with sticks! A fast paced cardio work out, using light weight green rip sticks. Pound to the beat of top hit songs, while working your entire body. Watch this video to learn more!


Pizza & Pups
Sponsored by Counseling Services (Rain location: WPAC lobby)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. |  Tues., May 2 | Iosue Student Union Lawn

Join in for relaxation time with 'pizza and pups' on the Student Union lawn May 2 from 11am-2pm. Rain location in WPAC lobby. This event is part of the YCP Mental Health Awareness Week and we can't wait to see you there! Hosted by Counseling Services.


Mindfulness Workshop for Staff and Faculty
Amy DeMay and Kurt Moran - Sponsored by Be Well York

12 - 1:30 p.m.  |  Tues., May 2 | Diehl Hall Room 145/146

What is Mindfulness and why should I practice it? Be Well York invites York College employees to learn about this idea of mindfulness, what it means, and what benefit you can obtain from it, even from practicing it for just a few minutes a day. Kurt Moran, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and faculty at the Stabler Department of Nursing, and Amy DeMay, a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and administration/ adjunct faculty with the College of Nursing and Health Professions, will be providing an educational session about Mindfulness and its benefits for both physical and mental health, including information about different techniques as well as an opportunity to practice those various techniques during this 90 minute session. This is similar to an earlier program, but with more practice.


Make and Take
Sponsored by Recreation Leadership Students

11 am - 12 pm | Thurs., May 4 | Outside Iosue Student Union

Recreation Leadership students will be set up outside of the Iosue Student Union, offering students an opportunity to stop by and make crafts to help decompress.


5:30 p.m.  |  Tues., May 2 • Thurs., May 4 | Grumbacher Rm 261

Zumba is a fun way to get a great workout! Follow the instructor to do specific movements/choreography to each song and watch the minutes fly by! It's so much fun it does not even feel like a workout!


6:30 p.m.  |  Tues., May 2 • Thurs., May 4 | Grumbacher Rm 263

This interval style workout incorporates simple moves, using military and athletic training drills to improve your overall fitness, cardio and agility. Mainly using bodyweight exercises such as lunges, squats, burpees, jumping-jacks, push-ups and lots of abs (all of which can be modified), you can burn up to 700-800 calories per class. 


Lawn Games
Sponsored by Spiritual Life

11 a.m.  |  Thurs., May 4 | Iosue Student Union Lawn


Healing session: Discuss the struggles of Hispanic and Latino students at a PWI
Sponsored by Sueño Latino

5 p.m.  |  Thurs., May 4 | William Walker Room


Sponsored by Campus Activities Board

5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  |  Fri., May 5 | Johnson Dining Hall & Iosue Student Union