This week is Mental Health Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming.  There are several free, public events scheduled Mon.-Fri. on campus, provided by UW’s Mental Health Awareness Committee.

“Mental Health Awareness Week programming focuses on: increasing knowledge about mental health resources; stress management skills; and skills for managing crisis situations, such as how to help an individual stay safe and get connected with professional help if the person is struggling with thoughts of ending his or her life,” according to the University Counseling Center’s Associate Director, Toi Geil.

Here is a complete list of campus events scheduled for Mental Health Awareness week:

Monday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. – “Yoga: Balancing the mind/body connection,” in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers.

Monday Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. – “Mindfulness and Mental Health, ‘Chicken Breathing’ and ‘Lizard Breathing,’” in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. – “When your Frisky is on the Fritz.”  The connection between sexual and mental wellness, in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. – “Woof for Wellness,” a presentation on service and therapy dogs, with an introduction to two Laramie therapy dogs.  Held in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, at noon– “If You Build It, We Will Come: Positive Factors Contributing to Ethnic Minorities Seeking Mental Health Services.”  Lunch will be provided with this event, held in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

Thursday, Oct. 8, at noon– “Coping with Stress?” An interactive workshop for staff, faculty, students, and veterans that will focus on the impact of stress and strategies to help overcome it.  Pizza will be provided at this event held in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers.

Thursday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. – “Getting out of Your Own Way,” a discussion on transcending perfectionism and other obstacles that may inhibit college students’ success.  Held in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers.

Friday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. – “Spiritual Wellness-Awakening to life by calming our inner spirit,” held in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers.

Mental Health Awareness Week each fall semester is mirrored by Body Image Awareness Week in the spring semester; both are put on by the Mental Health Awareness Committee.  More information can be found at the University Counseling Center website.