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Themes and Opportunities

Campus resources are available!

The pandemic continues to hit everyone hard and in a variety of ways. As we regroup, re-energize and re-engage, numerous resources are available to support the mental and physical well-being of students, faculty and staff. 

Navigating campus will be different for everyone. We will 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. 

Fall 2022 Menu of Programs and Services

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

World Mental Health Day 

Join Recreation & Well-Being for a workshop about reflecting and journaling to support your wellness. Participants will receive a free journal / November 1st / 12-1pm / Recreation Center's Studio 919.

Writing For Your Wellness 

Join Recreation & Well-Being for a workshop about reflecting and journaling to support your wellness. Participants will receive a free journal / November 1st / 12-1pm / Recreation Center's Studio 919.

Pet Therapy Visits 

Enjoy the happiness and comfort that certified therapy dogs can provide! See dates below:

  • September 27th / 6-8pm / Oakland Center Main Lobby
  • October 11th / 12-2pm / Oakland Center Main Lobby
  • October 19th / 11am-1pm / Recreation Center
  • October 25th / 6-8pm / Oakland Center Main Lobby
  • November 8th / 12-2pm / Oakland Center Main Lobby
  • November 22nd / 6-8pm / Oakland Center Main Lobby
  • December 6th / 12-2pm / Oakland Center Main Lobby

OU Golden Grizzlies Pantry Food Drive - Opportunity to Support 

Help Recreation & Well-Being collect nonperishable food items and toiletry items during the month of October to be donated to the OU Golden Grizzlies Pantry. There will be a donation table in the main entrance of the Recreation Center. Taking place from October 3rd until October 28th.

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.

Some of the topics include but aren't limited to Transitioning out of the Pandemic, Re-Socializing in the Workplace, Recognizing Depression and Anxiety, Stress Management, iPause and more!

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
Available for students, faculty and staff. Free!
MHFA training is offered in a hybrid setting. The workshop is 2 hours self-guided and 6 hours in person. The 2 hours of self-guided training content must be completed in advance of the in person session. 

Registration is required. Once registered, a link will be sent with the information to get started on the self-guided training content.  Each workshop is limited to the first 20 who register.

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 issues related to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, staying motivated and self-care.

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.