GRAD Mental Health Awareness Month 2018

Mental Health Awareness

The Graduate Student Council, in partnership with the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, has created a month long program to raise awareness of graduate student mental health.

Mental health is a huge part of grad life and we have events of all types to help inform, relax, and bring fun to all grad students this month. All events are free.

We will be adding events to this page so stay tuned!

How to Talk to Your Faculty Advisor
Thursday, February 1 from 5-6:00pm
Location: TBD

Join Todd Lindsley, psychologist at Dick's House to learn effective ways to communicate  with your faculty advisor throughout your grad school career.

First Gen Lunch With Todd Lyndsley
Friday, February 2 from 12-1:30pm
Location: 53 Commons, Private Dining Room

In celebration of GRAD Mental Health Awareness Month, I have invited Todd Lindsley, counselor at Dick's house to come meet the First Gen GRADs. Lunch provided.

Hearts & Crafts
Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30-7:30pm
Location: GRAD Lounge, 4 Curier Place

It's February. That means it's really cold - and Valentine's Day is coming. What better time to stay inside and craft up some awesome 3D, surprise-filled cards for your friends? We will be making paper cube cards that open up for reveal fun prizes (think confetti, lip balm, flowers, love notes...). PLUS Valentine's sangria and snacks. Who's ready?! All supplies will be provided. Maximum five cards/prizes per person. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Perz-Hintz at [email protected].

STEPS: Technology and Mental Health
Tuesday, February 13  from 1-2:00pm

Location: TBD
This is in coordination with the Graduate Student Council's Mental Health Awareness Month. Dartmouth post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Valerie Noel, is a member of "The Dartmouth Project." The Dartmouth Project investigates how the growing use of technology is impacting mental health and also how technology could be used to better deliver care. Facebook link to come.

Managing Your Professional Identity Online
Thursday February 15th noon-1:15 over lunch

Location: Berry Library 183
In the digital age where everyone has an online identity by default, it is critical that you take control of your professional identity, which can reflect important contributions you've made throughout your career.  Your professional identity connects you to your work, which can include your job, your professional research, or your creative work. It is important to have a unique and unambiguous identity, connect that identity with your accomplishments, communicate about your work to the audience you want, and measure the impact of your work.

In this highly interactive, hands-on session, we'll review tools and services, and discuss ways to make the best decisions for your professional identity. We will also address how to manage your professional work on scholarly networking sites such as Researchgate,, Twitter, FaceBook, and blogs, and how to legally share your work in the Dartmouth Digital Commons. Bring your questions about the personal and professional identity ecosystems you use and please bring your laptop.

You are welcome to arrive at 11:45, get lunch and settle in. With Librarians Barbara DeFelice and Jen Green of Dartmouth’s Scholarly Communication, Copyright and Publishing Program. Register here.

Game Night
Thursday, February 15 from 5-6:00pm

Location: GRAD Lounge, 4 Curier Place
The Student Life chair/committee invite you to come over for games and fun at the GRAD Lounge.

Multicultural Monday Exploration: China
Monday, February 19 from 6-7:30pm
Location: GRAD Lounge, 4 Curier Place

Monday Multicultural Exploration is back for 2018!  It's February - WELCOME TO CHINA for Chinese New Year! Create your own decorative paper lantern to take home, try traditional Chinese dumplings, enjoy the sounds of classical Chinese music, and watch a screening of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown: Shanghai (wine and tea will be served). This event is open and totally free for all Dartmouth graduate, PHD, and post-doc students. Paper lantern kits are first-come first-served. Please email the Graduate Studies Activities Coordinator with any questions.

IGMP Winter Cabin Trip
Date: Friday, February 23 - Saturday, February 24
Location: DOC Cabin

It can be difficult to spend time outside during the long NH winter. Join the IGMP for a weekend retreat in the wilderness! We will be staying overnight at a Dartmouth Outing Club cabin. Weather permitting, we will be cross country skiing on Saturday (no prior experience required). Due to the limited capacity of the cabin and to keep a safe group size for skiing, attendance at this event will be limited.

Sign up here:

DCAL: Contemplative Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, February 27 from 12-1:30pm

Location: DCAL, 102 Baker Library
Mindfulness practices benefit cognition, emotion, and creativity. After reviewing the contemplative pedagogy movement in higher education, participants will experience two short classroom mindfulness practices designed to cultivate attention, and creativity, and deep engagement; consider the research supporting them; and discuss how implementing them might look in various classrooms. This session is part of GRAD Mental Health Awareness Month! 

Stress Reduction Techniques
Wednesday, February 28 from 5-6:00pm
Location: TBD

Join Todd Lindsley, counselor at Dick's House, to learn stress reduction techniques to keep you on track in graduate school.