Director's Corner: Jeanne Manese, Ph.D., Director

Jeanne Manese, Ph.D., Director

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“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.”  Buddha

A Message for the UCI Community

A Message to our Students:

The new Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why, has raised questions about mental health and how communities can work together to prevent suicide. Below, please find a link to helpful points of reflection created by the Jed Foundation about the series:

https://www.jedfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/13RW-Talking-Points-JED-SAVE-Netflix.pdf

Below are some overall suggestions to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the quarter:

  • Acknowledge your feelings:  check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
  • Focus on tasks or events that are in your control.
  • Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you.
  • Monitor your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits.
  • Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.
  • Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing.
  • Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day.
  • Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus.