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Schedule of Events for Mental Health Week 2014

Click the event titles for more information. Events marked with an asterisk (*) require registration.

Monday, March 3

Milk and Cookies

Time: Varies by Location
Location: See the map and schedule here.
Description: Stop by various offices, departments, and resource centers across campus for a delicious break from your day and some information about Mental Health Week. Healthier snacks available as indicated!
Sponsors and Collaborators: Sponsored by the academic departments, campus centers, and residential colleges

6–7 PM: Club Nom Dinner (for the Classes of 2014 and 2015)*

Time: 6–7 PM
Location: Terrace Club
Facilitator: Hannah Rosenthal
Description: Club Nom is a cross-eating option dialogue program for juniors and seniors, sponsored by Ask Big Questions. Club Nom uses an eating club-based informal setting to encourage independent students, students on meal plans, students in co-ops, and students in eating clubs to have meaningful discussions with their peers outside of the classroom. This Club Nom dialogue is in partnership with USG and the Princeton Mental Health Initiative. For March 3, the topic will be, “What makes you truly happy?”

Monday to Wednesday, 8:30–10 PM: T-Shirt Exchange

Time: [Multi-Day] Monday to Wednesday, 8:30–10 PM (Late Meal)
Location: Frist 100 Level
Description: Come decorate a blank t-shirt with uplifting quotes, designs, or your own story of working towards wellness! T-Shirts will be exchanged with other students and then worn throughout the week. Participants will meet up on Friday to return their shirts so they can be hung up around campus to inspire other students. Information about the Friday event will be provided at the table.

Tuesday, March 4

12–1 PM: Firing Your Inner Critic: Developing New Self-Talk

Time: Tuesday, 12–1 PM

Location: Frist MPR C

Facilitator: Joe Cooper, Psy.D.

Description: Sometimes we think some very critical, harsh things about ourselves, especially when we compare ourselves to others in competitive environments like Princeton. Negative self-talk can contribute to stress, anxiety, and self-doubt. In this workshop you’ll learn techniques drawn from Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Therapy to replace your inner critic with a more compassionate, realistic, and helpful inner voice.

12:30–1:30 PM: Mindfulness and Meditation Lunch: Understanding Personality Differences*

Time: Tuesday, 12:30–1:30 PM

Location: Campus Club Library

Facilitator: Karen Schwartz, Ph.D. and Shefalika Gandhi, LCSW

Description: Recognize and value diversity of personality through the lens of mindfulness. One person might need to be alone to restore emotional energy and another might need to be with people to feel re-energized. Difficulties may arise If they don’t know that about each other. Learn and practice mindfulness skills that can enable us to pause and respond with awareness and non-judgment towards those who we differ from. A healthy lunch will be served. The event is free. This event is open to Princeton University Graduate students. Spouses/partners may also attend with permission. Sign-ups are encouraged but a number of walk-ins will be allowed.

Registration: Register by emailing Olivia Martel at omartel@princeton.edu. Limited number of walk-in spaces available.

Sponsors: Sponsored by the Graduate School and University Health Services

2-3:30 PM & 8:30-10 PM: Peer Advisor Meet and Greet

Time: Tuesday, 2-3:30 PM & 8:30-10 PM

Location: Frist 100 Level

Facilitator: PHAs, SHAB, LGBT Peer Educators, SHARE Peer Advisors

Description: Peer Health Advisers, SHAB Members, LGBT Peer Educators, and SHARE Peer Advisors will be at a table in Frist near Witherspoon’s during afternoon and evening late meal. Come tell us what you think, learn a little bit, and pick up some free stuff!

7:30–8:30 PM: Whig-Clio Senate Debate: Princeton is Flunking Mental Health

Time: Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 PM

Location: Whig Senate Chamber

Description: The topic of the first Whig-Clio Senate Debate of the semester will be very relevant and timely not only to our campus, but to most college campuses today. Our resolution: Princeton is Flunking Mental Health. We hope to see you all there for this necessary conversation. Pizza and refreshments will be served in Oakes Lounge after the debate.

Sponsors: In partnership with USG and the Princeton Mental Health Initiative. Sponsored by Whig-Clio.

8:30-10 PM: Postcard Palooza

Time: Tuesday, 8:30-10 PM

Location: USG Office, Frist 204

Description: When’s the last time you wrote a postcard? Now, you don’t have to wait! Come to the USG Office from 8:30-10:00pm on March 4th for the kick off of the Postcard Palooza! There will be pre-stamped (domestic and international) vintage Princeton postcards, lots of pens, delicious snacks, and good company!

Sponsors: In partnership with the USG Senate

8:30-10 PM: Mardi Gras Zumba Glow Party

Time: Tuesday, 8:30-10 PM

Location: Dillon Gym, Group Fitness Room

Facilitator: Campus Recreation
Description: Take a study break and destress! Wear white and neon colors, earn IM points, and have fun!

Wednesday, March 5

What I Be*

Time: [Multi-day] Wednesday, 3–9 PM; Thursday to Sunday, 9 AM–9 PM
 USG Office, Frist 204

Facilitator: Steve Rosenfield

Description: Steve Rosenfield, a California based photographer, will return to campus from March 5–9 for round 2 of the “What I Be” project as a part of Mental Health Week. His nationally acclaimed “What I Be” Project aims to create security through insecurity. “What I Be” involves a series of photographs in which individuals reveal an insecurity about themselves by writing it on their face or upper body. Participants declare “I am not my [insecurity],” thereby acknowledging that they do, in fact, struggle with these issues, but that these issues do not define who they are as people. In less than 4 years, Steve has photographed over 1000 people—all of whom have inspired others across the U.S. and around the world.

Want to be photographed? Sign up for a 45-minute photography session on SignUpGenius. Slots are first come, first served. More details will be provided upon sign up.

Registration: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B48A8AE28AB9-what4

Sponsors: Support for this project has been provided by the Lewis Center for the Arts

9-10 AM: Women's Wellness Breakfast

Time: Wednesday, 9–10 AM
Location: Women’s Center, Frist 243

Facilitator: Shefalika Gandhi, LCSW.

Description: This Women’s Wellness Breakfast “retreat” is aimed to calm and focus the mind. It provides a space to step away from the stress of our daily lives to enter a time of peace and relaxation. Experience the restorative qualities of mindfulness meditation. Please join us to reconnect, de-stress and to feel renewed!

Registration: Part of the Women’s History Month Celebration at Princeton

Sponsors: Sponsored by University Health Services, the Carl Fields Center, and the Women’s Center

12-1 PM: Mindfulness 101 with Dr. Boudette

Time: Wednesday, 12–1 PM
Location: Wilson Dance Studio

Facilitator: Robin Boudette, Ph.D.

Description: Come learn the basics of practicing mindfulness in a calm, low-key setting. Dr. Boudette will lead you through some exercises that will help you calm down and stay grounded in the present. Class lasts one hour, but the benefits could last the rest of your life!

12:15-1:15 PM: Davis International Center Tea and Talk

Time: Wednesday, 12:15–1:15 PM
Location: Carl Fields Center, 1985 Meeting Room

Description: Tea & Talk is an informal weekly discussion group designed for international students, scholars, and spouses, focused on issues that are common for adjusting to life in the U.S. and the Princeton campus culture. Feel free to attend as many (or as few) topics as your schedule allows. Come and receive insight from other international students facing similar situations and challenges.

Registration: For more information, please contact the Davis International Center at

Sponsors: Sponsored by the Davis International Center and Counseling and Psychological Services

12-1 PM: Yoga for Women

Time: Wednesday, 12–1 PM
Location: Carl Fields Center, Room 104

Facilitator: Mecquel

Description: Bring your yoga mats! Led by Mecquel, Instructor in Yoga & Conditioning, this class is appropriate for all abilities. Mecquel’s holistic approach is rooted in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Saraswati and Bhakti traditions, and influenced by the study of modern dance and improvisational techniques. Come experience freedom in movement that comes from strength, range of motion, and awareness.

Registration: Part of the Women’s History Month Celebration at Princeton

2-5 PM: UHS/CPS Wellness Outpost

Time: Wednesday, 2–5 PM
Location: E-Quad

Facilitator: Shefalika Gandhi, LCSW

Description: University Health Services is excited to announce an innovative partnership with the School of Engineering. Shefalika Gandhi, LCSW, a Counselor at CPS, will have office hours at the E-Quad every Wednesday from 2 to 5 PM beginning on March 5th. Shefalika is an expert in providing mindfulness, wellness, and leadership programming on campus. She will be available for consultations for students, faculty, and staff, and will rotate through different departments each week. Look out for details for consultation and drop-in hours, study break events, leadership workshops, etc.

Sponsors: Supported by University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science

5-7 PM: Test Your Mood Screening

Time: Wednesday, 5–7 PM
Location: Wilcox Commons

Facilitator: UHS and CPS Staff

Description: Feeling a little stressed, stretched or challenged in some area of your life? Curious what resources are available on campus for support? You can briefly touch base with a member of CPS at this screening. Participants receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.

Sponsors: Coordinated by the Peer Health Advisers, Health Promotion and Prevention Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and University Health Services

8-10 PM: Massage Study Break*

Time: Wednesday, 8–10 PM
Location: Mathey Common Room

Description: Sign up for a massage study break to relax and unwind! Each class has a certain number of spots. First come, first served.

Registration: Sign-up required. See email from your Class Government.

Sponsors: Support has been provided by the Class Governments

Thursday, March 6

4:30-5:30 PM: Meet-and-Greet with Steve Rosenfield of 'What I Be'

Time: Thursday, 4:30–5:30 PM

Location: Frist 307

Description: Want to learn more about the “What I Be” project? Come hear founder and photographer Steve Rosenfield discuss “What I Be” at this public lecture!

6-7 PM: Sleep for Success

Time: Thursday, 6–7 PM
Location: Mathey PDR

Facilitator: Dhwani Shah, MD and Jonathan Pastor, Psy.D.

Description: How much sleep do you need to perform at your best? What are the signs that you might suffer from insomnia, and what can you do about it? What are the behavioral and biological options available to address sleep problems? On March 6th at 6:00 pm, in the Mathey PDR, join experts from CPS, Dhwani Shah, MD and Jonathan Pastor, Psy.D., in a forum designed to give you information and tools to sleep more soundly, so that you are more alert and focused to perform optimally every day.

6-8PM : A Celebration of Women Dinner*

Time: Thursday, 6–8 PM
Location: Carl Fields Center

Description: Join us for a gathering of women as we celebrate Women’s History month. All women are welcome. Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Registration: Please RSVP by Tuesday March 5 at 5:00 PM to CAF@princeton.edu. If you need a Kosher meal, please contact Arielle Greenwald at arielleg@.princeton.edu. Part of the Women’s History Month Celebration at Princeton.

Sponsors: Sponsored by the Carl Fields Center, Center for Jewish Life, LGBT Center, and Women’s Center

Thursday to Saturday, 11:30 PM: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Time: [Multi-day] Thursday to Saturday, 11:30 PM
Location: Garden Theatre

Description: Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5rh7O4IDc0

Sponsors: Support has been provided by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

Friday, March 7

12:15-1:15 PM: Women of Color Lunch Conversation

Time: Friday, 12:15–1:15 PM
Location: Carl Fields Center, Room 105

Facilitator: Rebecca Giagnacova, Psy.D.

Description: A safe, supportive atmosphere for women of diverse cultural backgrounds to share their experiences of life at Princeton. Topics include social life, self-care, dating and relationships, academics, family, future, and stress management. Led by Rebecca Giagnacova, Psy.D. Lunch will be provided.

Registration: Part of the Women’s History Month Celebration at Princeton

1:30-3:30 PM: Active Allyship: Disability, Ableism, and Access*

Time: Friday, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Frist 309

Facilitator: Lezlie Frye

Description: What models do we have for understanding disability? What can we learn about ableism and access from our movements for racial, economic, gender, and sexual justice—as well as disability rights and justice? How might we practice interdependence and collective care? Please join Lezlie Frye for the next session of Active Allyship. Together we will explore our individual and collective relationships to disability, identify how ableism shows up in our lives, and begin to unpack practical ways to partner with individuals with disabilities in creating transformative social change.

Registration: Registration is required at tinyurl.com/activeallyship. Part of Active Allyship

Sponsors: Sponsored by the LGBT Center in collaboration with Butler College, Carl Fields Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Forbes College, Mathey College, Office of Disability Services, Office of Religious Life, Rockefeller College, Whitman College, Wilson College, and the Women’s Center

3-4:30 PM: McGraw Stress Reduction Study Break

Time: Friday, 3–4:30 PM
Location: McGraw Center, Frist 330

Description: We invite you to come talk to each other and with McGraw Learning Consultants to de-stress by figuring out the best ways to deal with academic pressure. Come with your questions, leave with solutions … and your comfort foods of choice!

5-7 PM: Pride Alliance CafeQ

Time: Friday, 5–7 PM
Location: Frist MPR

Facilitator: Pride Alliance members

Description: As a part of Princeton Mental Health Week 2014, Pride Alliance is hosting a special CafeQ night to offer a confidential community space to talk about all the ways being LGBTQA at Princeton affects the wellbeing of our hearts and minds.

Saturday, March 15

10-4 PM: A Day of Mindfulness

Time: Saturday, March 15, 10 AM–4 PM
Location: Carl Fields Center MPR

Facilitator: Robin Boudette, Ph.D. and Pat Vroom, Ph.D.

Description: Join us for a day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, body awareness, and inner care. Practices include: Sitting, Walking and Eating Meditation, Body Scan, Mindful Movement, and Noble Silence. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a bag lunch, a yoga mat and an open mind.