Outreach and Education
This branch of our services allows our staff to meet, educate, and provide support to a large number of Wesleyan students. Our outreach programs span a diverse range of topics and formats; some are designed to provide basic information about our office while others are geared toward particular student groups and/or issues. Our outreach and education program makes it possible for us to connect with far more students than we see in individual and group counseling, and it allows our office to actively participate in and support the Wesleyan community.
Press Release, March 23, 2015
Contact: Jennifer T. D'Andrea, Ph.D. , Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
327 High St. Middletown, CT. 06459
860.685.3196 - email@example.com
Melody Moezzi Speaks about
Her Experience with Mental Illness and the Broader Impact of Stigma
MIDDLETOWN, CT –- Melody Moezzi, an Iranian-American Muslim writer, activist, attorney, and award-winning author, will speak, answer questions and sign copies of her memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, on Tuesday, April 7th at 7 pm at Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Student Center. Her talk, “From Restraints to Recognition: Thriving with Mental Illness,” is free and open to the public.
As a patient turned mental health advocate who has learned to flourish both despite and because of her mental illness, Moezzi is committed to fighting the stigma and shame that keep so many sick.
Moezzi, a Wesleyan alum (2001), was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and raised in the American heartland. At 18, when she began battling a serious physical illness, her family and community rallied around her, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths. But when she attempted suicide and was ultimately diagnosed with bipolar disorder after an acute manic episode and psychotic break, there were no flowers.
Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, Moezzi was encouraged to keep her illness a secret. Although the vast majority of elders in her Ohio Iranian community were physicians (including both of Moezzi’s parents), mental illness was not discussed among the Dayton Iranians—nor among most of her fellow Muslims, regardless of race or nationality.
Based on interviews, recollections, and her medical records, Moezzi recounts her mania and depression, her hospitalizations, and her current state of mind in Haldol and Hyacinths, now available in paperback.
This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan chapter of Active Minds, the Muslim Student Association, and the Wesleyan CAPS Well-being Fund in memory of Noah Langholz, ’14. Click for flyer.
From Noah’s Family:
Noah loved his many friends at Wes. He stopped seeking help with depression and anxiety as his condition worsened, and he took his life in 2013. This did not have to be. If you are in terrible pain, please tell someone. If your friend is in crisis, please don’t ignore their odd behavior – listen, intervene, and tell someone who can help. Know the signs. Cherish your lives; it gets better.
Pass it on.
Positive Psychology Strategies Workshop Series
Thursdays 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
41 Wyllys Room 110
1st session Thursday April 2nd
CAPS is happy to announce the first positive psychology strategies workshop series! Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s “Oh, Happy Day!” event, we have developed this workshop to help students integrate positive psychology research and strategies into daily life. The workshop will consist of 5 meetings, and it will incorporate a little lecture, a lot of discussion, and weekly homework assignments. The series will be led by Dr. Jen D’Andrea. If you are interested in participating, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday March 30th, 2015.
WeSupport Workshop Series
Wesleyan Counseling and Psychological Services is accepting applications for the WeSupport Workshop Series. WeSupport is a series of six 1-hour sessions that prepares students to be peer mental health advocates. Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs that a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become familiar with both campus and community resources. Students who complete all six sessions are eligible to join the WeSupport student group, an active network of peer mental health advocates.
Two concurrent workshops will be held. Students can attend on Tuesdays from 4:15 – 5:15 or Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00. All workshops are held in 41 Wyllys room 110. The workshops will begin the week of Monday March 30th.
Because of the popularity of WESupport, this year we are asking interested students to complete a short application. To access the application, please follow this link:
Applications are due on Monday March 23rdth. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the workshop series by Wednesday March 25thth, and the workshop begins the following week.
Contact us at 860.685.2910