University of Findlay was awarded a mental health and wellness grant to promote and support students’ mental health through care packages and activities.
“Our goal for this money is to help students reduce their stress level during this difficult time. By providing some of these opportunities, students are able to practice self-care and then utilize it more frequently,” said Jodi Firsdon, director of counseling services. “We want University of Findlay students to know that Counseling Services cares, and we are thinking of them.”
Firsdon explained UF’s Counseling Services will be using the funds throughout the semester through various events. “On Feb. 8, we provided self-care packages to over 200 students that included gift cards for food, fidgets, and tools for relaxation,” she said. For every week in March, Counseling Services provided an opportunity for students to participate in activities which included making Zen gardens, essential oil rollers, and chalk art canvases.
“As a way to help reduce stress before finals, [Counseling Services] will be in the AMU Multipurpose room on April 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. hosting our final Stress Less event,” Firsdon said. This event will include different stations for each of the activities that were held in March. Participants may come and go as they please and registration is not required.
The grant, totaling $31,451.61, was provided by the Ohio College Initiative at Prevention Action Alliance, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.