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Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5th – 9th at 6:00 pm on Zoom





Self-Care in time of Crisis

Anthony Thompson, MS, MAR, RBT, BCBC, BCCC

Case Manager, Counseling and Psychiatry

Student Health Services

University of South Carolina

It is so easy to put self-care on the back burner and forget about it; especially during times like these.  Take some time out from virtual learning, conference calls and staring at the headlines on the news to find out how to take care of yourself.  Let’s shut out the noise and put ourselves first.



Trauma and its Impact on the Individual

Nancy Pilat-Renner

Director of Outpatient Services

Three Rivers Behavioral Health

In this session we will define trauma and how it impacts our daily lives even years later.  We will also explore how trauma becomes PTSD as well as the risk factors and symptoms to look for.



COVID Coping Skills – Maintaining Mental Health During a Pandemic

Marilyn Piersma, RN

Clinical Director

Companion Benefit Alternatives


Dr. John Arnold

Senior Consultant

First Sun EAP

Exploring the physical and mental impacts of COVID and how to maintain positive mental health for ourselves and our loved ones.



Mental Health Considerations When Reopening Schools After COVID-19

Paige Selking

Ending the Silence Project Director

NAMI South Carolina

Past disasters have resulted in an increase in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression among adults and children. Therefore, it is essential for educators and parents to understand the importance of addressing students’ mental health needs. Trauma-informed practices as well as consistent use of positive coping strategies within the classroom setting as well as at home is critical to students’ overall sense of well-being and school performance. During this webinar you will learn statistics regarding children’s trauma responses to a variety of past natural disasters and pandemics. You will also hear some recommendations for educators and parents that can be implemented to help children deal with their trauma response at school and at home. 



The Art of Creative Calm 

Michael Fey, MFA 

Mary Ann Fey

A recent study in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body regardless of artistic experience or talent.  Participants will be guided through three simple art activities.  To participate during the session you will want to have available: white copy paper, colored paper (magazine pages or old photos add interest), scissors, bottle of glue, basic kids watercolor set with brush, markers or crayons or colored pencils, a cup of water.  Grab a cool glass of water or some other calming beverage and join us for a fun and relaxing hour.

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