‘A Sound Mind’ hosting mental health training March 1

Published: February 23, 2021

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On March 1, Auburn University's ‘A Sound Mind’ Initiative will be hosting its second Mental Health Training Day open to students, faculty and staff.

In light of the challenges this past year has posed, they found it critical to have another day of mental health trainings in addition to the one last semester. Trainings and workshops will be happening on March 1 every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last training will start at 4 p.m.

If participants want to attend one or more of the sessions, they can join the Zoom link at the time of the session you would like to attend. There is no pre-registration required. All sessions will last about 50 minutes, and any materials normally included in the training will be provided virtually in the Zoom chat.

If course instructors would like to offer credit for attendance, ‘A Sound Mind’ Initiative will be collecting information from participants allowing them to indicate if they are attending for course credit. Let ‘A Sound Mind’ Initiative know if you would like a list of students who indicated they attended for your class.

Session Information:

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to get the help they need.

V-A-R Training: Active Minds’ Guide for Mental Health Challenges

9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

This training is led by students for students. V-A-R is about showing up for one another in our everyday struggles. The letters V-A-R correspond to three steps: validate-appreciate-refer. The steps are easy to understand, easy to do and easy to remember. V-A-R conversations can take many forms—phone, in-person, text message ot FaceTime. The medium doesn’t matter as much as the message that you care.

‘A Sound Mind’: Overview of Auburn University’s Mental Health Resources

10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Auburn University seeks to provide an array of resources for mental health, which can be discovered using the ‘A Sound Mind’ website. Join Dr. Dustin Johnson Ph.D. and Markie Pasternak M.S. Ed. to talk about mental health stigma and literacy while learning about all of the different resources available on campus for mental health and wellness.

Email Markie Pasternak with any questions.

Submitted by: Markie Pasternak