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Campus resources are available!

We continue to build our OU community through a variety of programs and services provided collaboratively campus-wide through in person, virtual and hybrid formats. To be successful, we must first take care of ourselves which will in turn help us take care of one another. 

Winter 2023 Menu of Programs and Services

This list is evolving daily. Check back often for additional resources, updates and links.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Etiology, Symptomatic, and Prevention of an Underestimated Common Condition 

February 9th from 1-2 pm virtually. Registration required. Learn more information on the session here.

Move and GROOVE: Hip-Hop Culture as a Tool to Express Yourself 

February 9th from 12-1 pm at the Rec Center in Studio 919. Registration required.

Inclusive Workspaces: Creating a Sense of Belonging to Improve Satisfaction & Boost Productivity 

February 16 from 2 - 3:30PM – Virtual. Registration required. Learn more information about the session here.

Two Day Toptracer Golf Event 

Employees can play individually during the day on 4/19 (10 am-1 pm) or bring a partner along for our evening event on 4/20 (4-7pm).

Couch to 5k 

Employees can register for information session on February 16th (virtual between 12-1 pm) here. Register for actual 8 week program running between March 13th - May 5th, here.

Pick up Employee Pickleball 

Employees can play 11:30AM - 1PM every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This program will run January - March.

American Heart Association Information Session 

Join this zoom session on February 7th from 1-1:30 pm to learn how to support the American Heart Association in the Detroit Heart Walk.

OU Employee Book Club 

Join this in person employee book club on 1/25, 2/22, 3/29 (all sessions 12-1 pm) in Oakland Center Lake Erie Room

Lose Weigh...It is Not Only About Counting Calories 

Employees can learn from Registered Dietitian, Debbie Cavender in this webinar series on 1/17, 2/7, 3/14, 4/4. Registration Required.

Nutrition Consultations 

Employees can sign up for a FREE virtual employee nutrition consultation on 1/17, 2/7, 3/14, 4/4. Registration is required.

Gratitude Grams 

Employees can fill out a Gratitude Gram for employees from the start of the semester until February 6th.

Pet Therapy Visits 

Enjoy the happiness and comfort that certified therapy dogs can provide! Click the link to see date, time, location.

Free Counseling Sessions (students)

Students have access to 6 free counseling sessions through the OU Counseling Center. All sessions after the sixth session cost $12 each. Sessions are available in person and virtually.

By Request Health and Well-Being Workshops
Request a variety of workshops for your staff, student organization, residence hall, or other group here! Workshops are provided by the OU Counseling Center, School of Health Sciences Faculty, and Recreation and Well-Being.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
Available for students, faculty and staff. Free! Registration is required. Interested? Email lewis236@oakland.edu to sign up.

Wellness Coaching (students)
Available for FREE for students through University Recreation and Well-Being. Registration required.

Group Exercise Classes
Check out the variety of classes (in person and virtual) offered through University Recreation and Well-Being. Classes are free to students and benefits-eligible OU employees.

Well-Being Videos
The OU Counseling Center offers a series of videos to assist anyone with your mental well-being.

Tips for Taking Care of You

Five key focus areas have been identified as important when taking care of yourself and as you navigate your return to campus.


Giving and Asking For Forgiveness

  • Seek to Understand
  • Be willing to respect other people’s perspectives as you want them to respect you

Adjusting Your Work and Study Space

  • Clean and tidy up your space to prepare for a productive day
  • Add things into your space that will bring a sense of comfort and calm such as air purifying plants (see below), essential oil diffuser, photos, small lamps for a more calming feel to your space
    • Peace Lily (toxic to animals)
    • Parlor Palm (safe to animals)
    • Snake Plant (toxic to animals)
    • Boston Fern (safe to animals)
    • Bamboo Palms (safe to animals)

Exercise and Self-Care

  • Create a daily healthy routine for yourself so you have structure and feel in-control of certain things throughout the day:
    • exercise before work
    • eat breakfast by a certain time
    • drink 80oz of water per day
    • set time aside for yourself
    • get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • Take a moment for yourself throughout the day to pause and practice breathing exercises 
  • Participate in an iPause workshop that focuses on self-care and stress management...ask a coworker to join you
  • Ask a colleague to join you (virtually or in-person) in a GroupX class...focus on having fun while doing something great for your body and mind
  • Take small chunks of time throughout the workday to exercise at your desk:
    • Chair tricep dips
    • Desk or wall push-ups
    • Chair squats
    • Calf raises
    • Seated leg lifts
  • Create a relaxing/calming/happy personalized playlist to help your mind and emotions throughout the day
  • Engage with apps as needed throughout the day:
    • Headspace (mindfulness & meditation)
    • MoodKit (uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help with depression)
    • Youper (therapy exercises, mental health assessment, online medical visits)
    • MY3 (suicide prevention)
    • MindShift (anxiety management)
    • Talkspace (online therapy)
    • Happify (skill building for lasting happiness)
    • Sanvello (stress, anxiety and depression support)

Reconnecting with Peers, Coworkers, and Campus

  • Start small and build/re-build connections from there...don’t feel like you have to dive in head-first right away...remember to respect yours and others comfort along the way
  • Discuss team building concepts / ideas with coworkers to participate in (virtually and in-person)
  • Ask a coworker to get involved with the Green Bandana Project to show your support of mental health at OU
  • Ask a coworker to join you at a Pet Therapy session to experience the love and affection from certified therapy dogs
Green Bandana Project

For all students, faculty and staff!

The purpose of the Green Bandana Project is to spread awareness of resources for those with mental health related struggles, break the stigma of mental health related concerns, and to develop a strong sense of connection and community at Oakland University.  

The goal of this opt-in campaign is to continually display a green bandana; provided by University Recreation & Well-Being and the Dean of Students Office, to indicate that you are a safe person to approach with mental health related needs and that you are someone who knows where to find campus resources. Individuals who opt-into this campaign will not only be provided a green bandana, but also a resource card that should be used with anyone with mental health related needs.

Want to participate? Email cheileman@oakland.edu to receive a form to fill out and you will receive a Green Bandana & campus resource card in the mail compliments of University Recreation & Well-Being and the Dean of Students Office.