General Notices

World Mental Health Day 2021

Posted Thursday, October 07, 2021


World Mental Health Day (WMHD), commemorated annually on 10 October, is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The day represents a global commitment to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year's theme is 'Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality.'

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the mental health situation in the global community, increasing new cases of mental health conditions and worsening pre-existing ones. The Campus reminds you to the services that continue to be offered for all staff and students.

The Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) continues to provide a range of free services and outreach programmes to all students: 

 

Appointments with a counsellor 

Counsellors are available by appointment, Mondays through Fridays throughout the year. You can schedule an appointment by simply emailing counsellor@sta.uwi.edu or visiting https://sta.uwi.edu/dssd/caps-counsellor-appointment to arrange a date and time that suits your schedule. All appointments are conducted online while campus remains closed and are free and confidential.

 

Virtual Walk-ins

Virtual walk-ins are available on Thursday afternoons between 1-4pm during the semester. Counsellors offer brief, online consultations for students with urgent concerns.  

The registration link to access this service opens every Thursday morning at 9am and can be found by clicking: https://sta.uwi.edu/dssd/sites/default/files/dssd/images/Virtual%20Walk%20in.pdf   

These sessions are also free and confidential

 

Mindful Mondays (open to staff and students)

Feel free to log in any Monday for one hour from 5:30 p.m. to unwind, learn some basic relaxation and meditation practices. This session can be accessed via Zoom at the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87627377923?pwd=N1ZnQkdpWGxWVUtUdnpRangrQVBzZz09 

Meeting ID: 876 2737 7923 

Passcode: 150562 

For more information on any of the above services, email counsellor@sta.uwi.edu  

 

Safe Space 

Offers weekly sessions for students, whether a member or an ally of the LGBTQ+ community during the semester. These sessions explore a huge range of topics including gender identity, sexuality, stigma, relationships and family dynamics. For more information, email SafeSpaceUWI@gmail.com

 

HSU COVID-19 Support Group

The Health Services Unit invites the Campus community to take part in its Virtual COVID-19 Support Group. The COVID-19 Support Group is an online platform to help students, staff (and their dependents) deal with the impact of COVID-19 related issues such as loss. 

For more information, interested persons can contact the Health Services Unit via email at healthandwellness@sta.uwi.edu

 

The Campus' EAP provider continues to offer its range of services virtually to members of staff. Click on the below links to learn more about the services that are offered and how you can access them:

 

For more information on the international campaign for World Mental Health Day 2021, visit https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2021 or https://wfmh.global/