Stories Over Silence - Edinboro University

          Stories Over Silence



          An estimated one in four adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental health disorder. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicates that rates of depression and anxiety among U.S. college students have more than doubled in the last decade.

          As mental health issues become more prevalent than ever on college campuses, Edinboro University remains committed to supporting student wellness and educating the campus community about available resources.

          Toward this goal, Edinboro will host a series of remote, student-focused wellness events now through Friday, Sept. 18.

          Held last year in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, Stories Over Silence (S.O.S.) has gone virtual. The events, which range from art therapy sessions to geocaching, are focused on holistic health, mental-health awareness, education and self-care.

          Students who complete at least five activities from the S.O.S. bingo card and follow Ghering Health and Wellness Center and Boro Campus Rec on Instagram will be entered to win some awesome prizes. Click on the squares with underlined text in the bingo card for more information about each of the events. Winners will be announced on Sept. 21.

          “Studies have shown that college students who participate in activities that openly address topics like depression and anxiety are more likely to seek help and far less likely to stigmatize their peers who suffer from mental health disorders,” said Darla Elder, director of Ghering Health and Wellness Center at Edinboro University. “Our ultimate goal is to encourage members of the campus community to have open, honest conversations about mental health and to speak up when they need help.”

          Edinboro University provides mental health services for all students through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program. CAPS is committed to helping students address and resolve concerns by providing a range of mental health services. For more information, contact Ghering Health and Wellness Center at healthcenter@edinboro.edu

          S.O.S. Highlights:

          • Get and Share Inspirational Quotes – Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
            Pop in to share your favorite inspirational message or grab one from the board.
          • Drumming Circle – Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 12:30 p.m.
            Maria Day and Gemma Dailey will host a virtual therapeutic drumming session.
          • 11 Things Cats Teach Us About Life – Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m.
            Mary Wolf of Counseling and Psychological Services will talk about how cats can teach important life lessons.
          • Self-Care Succulents – Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
            Stop by the University Programming Board Office on the second floor of Frank G. Pogue Student Center to pick up a free succulent.
          • Slow Hike a.k.a. Shinrin-Yoku – Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m.
            Join Professor Beth Farbotnik, assistant chairperson in the Nursing Department for a leisurely, socially distant walk around campus. Meet at the big parking lot by the Human Services Building. Shinrin-Yoku, translated into English as ‘forest bathing', means taking in the forest atmosphere during a leisurely walk.
          • Coffee Hour with Haley Atkins – Thursday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m.
            Relax and join Haley Atkins, Edinboro’s clinical case manager, for a virtual coffee hour.
          • Virtual Yoga with Mary Soboleski – Thursday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m.
            Mary Soboleski, owner of Power Yoga Boro, will lead a 30-minute virtual yoga session.
          • Find a Friend Meet and Greet – Thursday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m.
            Chi Alpha will host a Zoom meet and greet for all students.
          • Fall 2020 Virtual Club Rush – Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6-7:30 p.m.
            Meet virtually with representatives from Edinboro University’s student clubs and organizations and learn more about getting involved on campus.
          • Doodlebug Virtual Studio – Friday, Sept. 11, from noon until 2 p.m.
            Bring a white card and a white marker or a black card and a black marker for this open art therapy studio event.
          • Fostering Connections Virtual Studio – Friday, Sept. 11, from 6-8 p.m.
            Bring two blank postcards (or cut two 4x6 sections from a cereal box) and create a postcard for yourself and a friend.
          • Generations Virtual Studio – Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9-11 a.m.
            Bring any media or material to this open art therapy studio event.
          • Grandparents Day Open Studio – Sunday, Sept. 13, from 9-11 a.m.
            Bring any media or material to this open art therapy studio event.
          • Katsuigi Open Studio – Tuesday, Sept. 15, from noon until 2 p.m.
            Bring color paper and some magazines to practice the Japanese art of beautifully mending broken things.
          • Coffee Hour with Haley Atkins – Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon. Relax and join Haley Atkins, Edinboro’s clinical case manager, for a virtual coffee hour.
          • Winged Messengers Open Studio – Thursday, Sept. 17, from noon until 2 p.m.
            Bring one sheet of paper or cardstock to this open art therapy studio event.
          • #EURocks Virtual Studio – Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-8 p.m.
            Bring at least one rock or one sheet of cardstock to this open art therapy studio event.

          Monday, Sept. 7, through Friday, Sept. 18:

          • Achieving Your Financial Goals with PSECU
            Register with your Edinboro email to begin your personalized playlist of financial topics.
          • Every Mile Matters
            Contribute any distance on any route to help Campus Life raise mental health awareness. The top five participants that track their miles and tag @BoroCampusRec in their mileage posts will receive a T-shirt.
          • Reach Out and Reconnect
            Call a friend you have lost touch with and reconnect.
          • Supporting the Bereaved
            The Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and their Families, offers peer support groups in the community for individuals who are grieving a death. For more information, call 814-732-6868.
          • Virtual Board Games
            Compete against friends for the ultimate bragging rights.
          • Geocaching
            Start geocaching on your own or follow the Ghering Health and Wellness Center on Instagram to learn about geocaching on campus.