UWG Social Wellness Week Encourages Healthy Relationships

Friday, February 8, 2013

Students at the University of West Georgia will be thinking about more than just romantic love this February. The Counseling and Career Development Center will host a Social Wellness Week on Feb. 11-14. The events will encourage and celebrate friendship, generosity, mentorship and healthy romantic relationships.

Students can start their Valentine’s week by taking a healthy relationship assessment. This quick online tool will screen for abuse and unhealthy behavior in the users’ relationships. It will be available Monday at the counseling center’s website (http://westga.edu/counseling) under the outreach link on the left side of the page.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the CCD will be handing out free Mardi Gras Beads of Meaning. In addition to bringing a bit of New Orleans festivity to class-bound students, these beads show support for mental health. Gold beads mean that someone is an ally for mental health awareness, purple beads mean the wearer has lost someone they care about to suicide, and green beads mean that the wearer has personally struggled with mental health. Students can pick up beads between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the TLC atrium. At 7 p.m., there will be a free seminar on “Friends with Benefits” in Bonner Lecture Hall. Health Services and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion have co-sponsored this event.

“Hug It Out Day,” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, will provide students with everything they need to honor their sources of strength. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students can stop outside the UCC to collect goody bags and magnets. They can then give these gifts to people on campus who have helped them through difficult times. Hugs are encouraged.

Social Wellness Week will conclude on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, with “Random Acts of Kindness Day.” Students will be able to submit stories about random acts of kindness they’ve witnessed around campus. The CCD will publish the submissions online to recognize UWG’s everyday heroes.