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Be Kind to Your Mind

It's okay to not be okay!

Metropolitan Community College understands that when talking about student wellness, mental health must also be included in the discussion. Promoting and fostering mental wellness has been shown to improve academic performance and increase graduation rates.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Students do not have to face these challenges alone, and the college community has resources and programming, both in the community and on campus, to help students get and stay mentally healthy.

Reach an MCC Advocacy Counselor to request a referral to community agencies/resources.

Wellness Wednesday: Be Kind to Your Mind

Wellness Wednesday is series of presentation-based workshops offered via zoom during the spring quarter. These virtual events offer a free hour of mental health and wellness tools, resources, and education. Attendees will learn to a variety of skills to help improve their quality of life and relationships. Students and staff/faculty are welcome to attend all the workshops or choose the ones that they are most interested in. The goal is to help improve the well-being of MCC students.

Students that attend a workshop will be eligible for  drawing for a MCC Bookstore Gift Card (drawing on May 18).

No registration necessary. Join us each week via zoom.

ZOOM Link - Every Wednesday at NOON

Student Wellbeing Link - Included - Handouts from Wellness Wednesday Sessions

March 16: Realizing the Power of a Mindful Pause (recording link)
Learn about the benefits of mindfulness and practice some mindfulness techniques.

Presenter: Katie Hupp, Ph.D.
Writing Center Coordinator/English Faculty, Metropolitan Community College
Mindfulness Practitioner and Teacher through both Wisdom House Collaborative and Mindfulness Outreach Initiative in Omaha
Mindful Schools Yearlong Teacher Training 2019 Graduate
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Mindfulness Exercises Institute

March 23: The Power of Exercise
Learn about how and why exercise is important for both your physical and mental health.
Presenter: Andrew Lorenz, Fitness Manager/Trainer

March 30: The Power of Nutrition: Kick Sugar Cravings
Learn about the importance of nutrition in maintaining your mental well-being. This session will address the 3 main challenges with quitting sugar and providing 7 solutions to stop sugar cravings.

Presenter: Kristen Wood, Wellness Coach

April 6: The Power of Self-Confidence For Success
Learn how to confront the story that is holding you back and get 10 easy tips to gain more confidence.

Presenter: Jennifer Anderson, Thankful Hearts Coaching (Positivity Coach)

April 13: Eating Disorders 101
How much do you really know about eating disorders? Most people have heard of them, but can’t separate fact from fiction.

Eating disorders typically begin between 18 and 21 years of age. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) estimates that between 10 and 20% of women and 4 to 10% of men in college suffer from an eating disorder, and rates are on the rise.

Join EDCare Omaha and Regional Outreach Representative Lindsey Loutsch for an engaging presentation on eating disorder causes, signs, symptoms, effects, treatment options, and what you can do to support a friend or loved one that is struggling. Stick around for a Q&A!

Presenter: Lindsey Loutsch, EDCare, Regional Outreach Representative

April 20: How to Help a Friend
This session will discuss emotional distress and explores how students can support their friends who are going through a tough time.

Presenter: Dani Bojanski, MCC Advocacy Counselor

April 27: Time and Stress Management for College Students
Assess your stress level and learn how to balance all aspects of your life--work, school, study time, and your personal life. This session will guide you through a self-assessment of your priorities, stress level, and current use of time. Making a schedule, planning ahead based on syllabi analysis, and building in time for studying and self-care are discussed. You will also learn tricks for relaxing and managing stress.

Presenter: Patrick Hughes, MC Learning and Tutoring Center (LTC) Supervisor

May 4: Financial Well-being

Presenter: Dave Anderson

May 11: TBD

May 18: TBD

Crisis Hotlines

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call, text or chat 24 hours a day:
If this is an emergency, please call 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • (800) 273-8255
  • (888) 628-9454 (Spanish)
  • (800) 799-4889 (Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Nebraska Family Helpline:

  • 1-888-866-8660 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Crisis Text Line:

  • Text HELLO to 741741

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

  • (800) 799-7233

Veterans Crisis Line:

  • (800) 273-8255

Boys Town Hotline:

  • 1-800-448-3000 or text "VOICE" to 20121 (free resource and counseling service)

Women's Center for Advancement Hotline:

  • 402-346-7273 – offers 24/7 support and services for individuals facing domestic or dating violence, and victims of sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

Free Online Mental Health Screenings Tools

Mental health screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. They are educational, not diagnostic.

Please note that these are meant as SCREENING tools only. They cannot adequately address the complex variables involved in an accurate diagnosis and cannot substitute for the confirmation and assistance of a trained professional. Should you take one of these assessments and find that it indicates a potential problem, please make an appointment with a MCC Advocacy Counselor for assistance and referral to community resources, or directly contact a licensed counselor, a psychologist, or a medical doctor. Consider printing out a copy of the assessment to take with you to your appointment.

FREE activities to benefit mental health & overall wellness

Financial Well-Being

Financial Avenue – offers a range of online courses and mini-modules to help you gain life-long knowledge about personal money management.

Coping with Financial Stress - HelpGuide.org – Coping with Financial Stress Feeling overwhelmed by money worries? Whatever your circumstances, there are ways to get through these tough economic times, ease stress and anxiety, and regain control of your finances.

Useful Finance Apps

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Goodbudget Planner for Android / Goodbudget Planner for iOS
Goodbudget Planner gives you envelopes to categorize your money and you can share your budget with people you trust for accountability.

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Mint for Android / Mint for iOS
Mint: Budget, Bills, & Finance Tracker allows you to budget your weeks and days.
 

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PocketGuard for Android / PocketGuard for iOS
PocketGuard: Personal Finance, Money & Budget allows you to manage your money by tracking, setting goals, receiving notifications, and improve your spending habits.

Suicide Prevention Resources – How to Help

Suicide Prevention

The following links provide some very good information about preventing suicide, warning signs and how to access help, but no web search can be a substitute for getting help from a caring trained professional. This is true whether you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. The MCC advocacy counselors are available to consult with all students, faculty, and staff at Metropolitan Community College to help consider the best ways to assist someone who is distressed, given the uniqueness of each person and their circumstances.

That said, here are some websites we trust to provide thorough and accurate guidance to those concerned about suicidal feelings and behaviors.

Suicide: Read This First

This is an excellent resource for persons experiencing suicidal thoughts. It is a compelling, well-written site that offers a variety of alternatives to suicide and strategies for increasing effective coping.

Reach Out: Ways to Help a Loved One at Risk of Suicide

If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, here are some ways to help.

Forefront Suicide Prevention

Forefront is considered a leader in suicide prevention. The site includes tips for how to make your home safer, relevant data, and info on policy and advocacy. There is also a video collection designed to provide comfort, education, and tools for those touched by suicide and mental illness. Forefront also offers free suicide prevention training.

The Jed Foundation

This site includes lots of resources specifically developed for a college population. The Jed Foundation includes self-evaluations and links to other resources.

American Association of Suicidology

An organization of persons focused on suicide including researchers, clinicians, preventionists, crisis workers and survivors of suicide. This site provides statistics, basic information on how to intervene with a suicidal person, and phone numbers for local agencies.