The importance of community to health and wellness is well-known. Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke put it this way: “Neighborhoods and communities are complex organisms that will be resilient only if they are healthy along a number of interrelated dimensions, much as a human body cannot be healthy without adequate air, water, rest and food.”
A host of benefits—including herd immunity—will be hastened by a real and sustained commitment to herd community.
Response and resources to the Boulder shooting
We know many of you are struggling, and we write to offer our sympathy, empathy and support.
A joint message from James W.C. White, Interim Dean, and Sophia Duax and Mariah Chao, Vice President and President, Arts and Sciences Student Government.
Traumatic events can impact people in different and unexpected ways. Reactions may happen to people who experienced the event firsthand, to those who have witnessed or heard about the event or to those who have been involved in some way. Learn more about common emotional and physical reactions and support resources.
While it is important to acknowledge disasters when they happen, it is equally important to minimize additional impact and trauma to one another. Learn more about how to support your colleagues, teams and each other after incidences of mass violence and other large disasters.
Additional resources for trauma response and recovery
This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources.
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What To Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life
In this tip sheet, SAMHSA describes the effects that disasters and other traumatic events can have on survivors in general, and specifically on different parts of their lives. The tip sheet suggests steps to cope with a disaster or other trauma, lists signs of the need for professional mental health and substance use assistance, and identifies resources for additional information and support.
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tip sheet introduces some of the signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about to how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.
This SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series installment is a collection of resources about common reactions to incidents of mass violence, community violence, and terrorism; tips for coping with such incidents; and ways to support children and youth in coping.
This online article from the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes common reactions that disaster survivors may experience. While most reactions lessen over time, some may turn into long-term and severe responses, such as PTSD.
In this 1-page tip sheet, the NCTSN identifies 10 ways in which youth may react to community traumas such as natural or human-caused disasters and suggests ways for educators to respond to these reactions and support youth in coping. The tip sheet also advises educators to find professional mental health support for youth—and for themselves—as needed.
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March wellness resources
Have you suffered from a concussion? You're not alone. Visit this site to see a collection of 4,000+ personal accounts with concussion, from injury to diagnosis, recovery and beyond.
Healthy Buffs is a weekly series of tips and information on health topics important to college students.
Health and Wellness Services has a variety of programs that run throughout the fall and spring semesters that support students, faculty and staff.
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The Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is dedicated to serving the emotional and psychological needs of the campus community.
Herd Mental Health Month is back! To normalize mental health support, share important wellness resources and raise funds for related campus programs, Herd Mental Health Month is all about serving CU Boulder students.
SKOServe is a series of mini educational trainings that explore various topics related to volunteering and social and environmental justice. Students can attend any or all of the trainings in the series and will have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills, examine their connection to community issues, develop new ways to engage, and learn about ways to get involved.
CU in the Community offers opportunities for students to connect with the community through volunteerism each semester in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations meeting real community needs in the Boulder area. Participants commit to a one time volunteer project of their choice and gain understanding of social and environmental issues, engage in direct service, reflect on their impact, and learn about continued engagement in communities.
Tim Wadsworth, noticed an odd trend in the 1990s: Immigration reached record highs, but crime fell more precipitously than at any time in U.S. history. Wadsworth’s research suggested one answer: that new immigrants tend to have tightly knit families and a strong sense of community.
Fill your Instagram timeline with positive content
Positively Present features artwork by Dani DiPirro. You can find inspiration, positive mantras and a community of reaffirming people from this account!
Humans of New York share the stories of NYC through the people of NYC. Read about the commonality we all share as humans and be reminded of the herd of our humanness.
National Geographic Travel lets you explore the world without ever leaving the comfort of your home. Its bio says it best: “It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.” The account features images from some of the best travel photographers, serving as a reminder of how breathtakingly beautiful the planet is. From Alaska to Paris, this account is the perfect virtual getaway.
Looking for more resources from the College of Arts and Sciences on health and wellness?
Promoting healthy lifestyles is a key value of our college. We support and share opportunities for our students and employees to understand and implement ways to increase personal wellness in their lives.