May is Family Wellness Month and Meditation Month, and contains Mental Health Awareness Week (May 11 – 17th), and MCC is committed to helping students, faculty and staff effectively deal with stress that may impact their overall mental well-being.
Recognizing mental health conditions early is critical to successful treatment. However, many times, people may feel unable to pursue help because of the stigma associated with mental illness and like any other chronic condition, mental health conditions can get worse if left untreated. The good news is, mental health conditions are not only common, they are treatable! There are a variety of treatment options ranging from therapy, to medication to peer support. Please join the Wellness Council in our efforts to break down those barriers that stop people from seeking treatment by participating in one of the stress relieving activities listed below.
Employees wishing to de-stress may partake in Qi Gong sessions with Sylvia Lavin, Fridays, 5/8 and 5/22 at 1:00 pm in Building 10 Room 100. The College’s indoor Labyrinth in Building 10, Room 143 will also be open the next two Fridays (through 5/15) from 2:30-5:00pm for those wishing to participate in a walking meditation. If you need a quiet break, just want to experience a labyrinth, or try a walking meditation, please come try it out. Also every Wednesday through the end of May at 12:00 pm in Building 9, Room 152 Donna Burke leads a relaxing meditation session.
In collaboration with the Office of Global Education and International Services, on Wednesday, May 13 at noon, there will be a campus-wide meditation walk to honor the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Meet at the poetry garden outside in the quad of Buildings 4, 5, 6 and 12, and we will walk to the Memorial Garden by the pond. Walking meditation as a group can be a very powerful experience; we encourage you to ask students, friends and colleagues to join us.
In addition to the programs above, The College provides at NO COST to employees EAP Workforce Solutions, a CONFIDENTIAL, voluntary service for employees and their families who may need help in dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, chemical dependency, PTSD, etc. For more information on EAP Workforce Solutions, contact Human Resources at ext. 2048, or contact EAP directly at (585)663-0025.
For our students, the staff of the Counseling Center and Veteran Services (CCVS) are dedicated to helping students grow and develop through academic, career, and personal counseling, as well as a variety of workshops.
April M. Hill