Monday, April 28th through Friday, May 2nd is Wellness Week! Hosted by the UA, MIT-EMS, Medlinks, Active Minds at MIT, Clowns@MIT, Stop Our Silence, SaveTFP, VPR, and the CDSA, Wellness Week is a time to destress, take care of yourself, learn about healthy living, and have fun!
The events here are subject to some change, but we hope to stage an impressive number of events for the week:
- Student Center lobby: Clowns@MIT's wellness tree! Grab leaves from other Wellness Week events, and then stop by all throughout the week to append words and form branches of a story in a collaborative story-making process. The tree will be tentatively manned from 10am-6pm daily.
- 2:00-5:00 pm, Kresge Oval: The UA's Wellness carnival is in town! Hang out with Active Minds, make your own bubble tea, and enjoy everything else bubbles. Or, grab some fruit and swag from Medlinks and SaveTFP, and check out some of our other friends in wellness education and promotion. (Rain date: 4/29, 2-5 pm)
- 2:00-5:00 pm, Kresge Lawn: Come see Active Minds at MIT as they invite back some therapy dogs! Get ready for the week with some four-pawed love from the dogs of Dog B.O.N.E.S. (Rain date: 4/29, 2-5 pm)
- 5:30 pm, location TBA: Have you explored the running trails of Boston and Cambridge? Whether you've been many times or if you've never tried it before, come out for a run led by the MIT Running Club. Runners of all levels are welcome! And when you've finished, stop by the Student Center steps to grab a snack from your MedLinks to refuel!
- 7:00 pm, location 4-149: Come practice your slam poetry skills! Or take some time to write out that piece you've had sitting in your brain forever. You can perform a self-written piece or a movie scene, anything really. You can talk about anything, or you can just come watch and enjoy free cookies and coffee! Sponsored by Stop Our Silence and UA Finboard.
- 6:00-7:00 pm, 4-145: Ever wanted to know how you can be of help in a medical emergency? Join MIT-EMS for "What to Do Until the Ambulance Arrives," a lecture given by paramedic and Technical Director of MIT-EMS Mark Forgues.
- 7:00 pm, Cheney Room: As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, watch the student-produced documentary Project dx/dt, then stay for Take Back The Night, an event that asserts the right to be free from sexual violence through shared stories and experiences.
- 5:00-7:00 pm, Brown Living Room (in McCormick): Active Minds at MIT presents its Speak Your Mind student voices panel! Inspired by last year's ad-article series and reception funded by the Youth Move National Foundation, join the night's student presenters and everyone at Active Minds in a discussion on mental health and stress. MIT's Institute Equity and Diversity Officer, Ed Bertschinger, will present opening remarks.
- 12:00-1:00 pm, 3-442: QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver 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 help.
- Wednesday night, 32-123: Join the UA's Student Support and Mental Health Committee and the UA Special Projects Committee for a screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!
- 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, location TBA: Psst! The CDSA has some tips on how to hold a fun (and safe!) party. Learn how to run low-risk events and get some tips on drinking safely and responsibly.
- 12:00 pm, location TBA: Following the presentation from the CDSA, come in for a confidential alcohol consumption screening to gauge your risk and learn more about your habits.
- 5:00-6:00 pm, 5-134: Let's talk about sex! Join your MedLinks in welcoming the renowned Sexpert, Kate McCarthy. Kate works in Community Wellness and is a certified Sexuality Educator, a certified HIV counselor, and a certified rape crisis counselor. But you can just call her the Sexpert! She's here to answer any and all questions that you or friends may have about sexual health and wellness.
- 7:00-8:00 pm, 32-155: Join VPR and Stop Our Silence for an informative and timely discussion on handling disclosures of sexual assault. Learn how to be a good friend and listener straight from MIT's leading experts and advocates! Sponsored by Stop Our Silence, VPR, and UA Finboard.