This year has not been easy, and we’re proud of you for showing such strength, resilience, and perseverance. We recognize 2020–21 has been overwhelming, so we invite you to take a moment to intentionally pause, reflect, and practice a little self-care with your peers.
We’re excited to announce UW–Madison’s first Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit for students, March 11-12, a series of workshops and activities for current Badgers to participate in and prioritize their mental and physical health. Registration is free and open now and throughout the event.
Solid reasons to attend the summit:
1. College is tough—self-care shouldn’t be. Join other Badgers in community to think about what self-care means to you. Some challenges, many of us share—procrastination, lack of sleep, self-doubt—while others are unique to our individual experiences. Focus on your areas of need and discover practices you can bring into your routine.
2. Make a plan for self-care in your life. Changing behavior takes time, and that’s normal—but keep your goals in sight. Learn how to put ideas into practice and make them part of your daily routine with tips from March 11 keynote speaker Dr. Joy Harden Bradford.
3. Get to know the places, people, and apps out there to support you. Explore mental health resources through University Health Services and the Dean of Student Office; self-care strategies through UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds (and its amazing app); and play hard, get fit, and live well through Recreation & Wellbeing. You are not alone. Campus is filled with resources and services that are dedicated to support your wellbeing.
We look forward to spending time with you this Thursday and Friday and to making this an annual event we can build on together.
Take care, UW!
Christina Olstad, EdD (she/her/hers)
Dean of Students
Sarah Nolan, PhD (she/her/hers)
Director, Mental Health Services, University Health Services
Elias Tsarovsky (he/him/his)
Biochemistry Major and Certificates in Global Health
Public Policy, Biocore
Class of May ’21