Guarini Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

2021 Mental Health Awareness Month Event Listing

The Graduate Student Council, in partnership with the Guarini 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 and open to the graduate students and postdoc community.

Check out these events for Guarini Mental Health Awareness Month brought to you in collaboration with the GSC, DCAL, the Counseling Center, and the Guarini School.

Mentoring Series
Must sign up HERE by Monday May 3 and be able to attend all sessions
Session Dates:
Wednesday May 5, May 12, 19, and 26, 1-2:30 pm

This mentoring series is based on the CIMER Mentoring Program and is designed to help graduate students and postdocs be effective mentors.  We will discuss approaches to mentoring through analysis of different approaches used in case studies that will help you develop your own effective strategies. These are collaborative sessions.

Random Acts of Kindness Bingo 
Entire week of 05/17 
Graduate students can use the Random Acts of Kindness Bingo card as inspiration to complete some random acts of kindness. If the students complete the bingo card, they can win a $5 gift card! (more information is in the calendar)

Letters from Strangers 
Entire month
To help celebrate May as Mental Health Month the Student Life Committee is facilitating "Letters from Strangers" a program that helps students encourage each other through letter writing. The program will run through the month of May, you can choose to write a letter, receive a letter, or request a letter be sent to one of your friends. Sign up HERE.

This was inspired by the Letters to Strangers organization 
Here are some of their sample letters
Here are some letters that have been read aloud.

Suicide Prevention Workshop
Monday May 3, 2021 @ 1-2:30pm, zoom
Join us in learning how to recognize suicide warning signs and how to respond to friends, students or community members in crisis using empathy and referring to the appropriate campus resources.
Sign-up HERE

SWC Evening Yoga
Tuesday, May 4 and weekly until June 2, 2021 @5-5:30pm Zoom 
Join the Student Wellness Center every Tuesday as we ease into our evening with a greater sense of calm + steadiness. This is an all-levels class, with a lovely mix of strengthening, stretching and relaxation. Open and appropriate to all!
Sign-up HERE

Deconstructing Mental Health Taboo in Underrepresented Communities
Wednesday, May 5 @ 3-4pm, Zoom
Join the GSC, CARE, and GWISE for a safe discussion about the mental health taboo within underrepresented communities* guided by counseling staff. *We use this term to refer to communities who have been marginalized and are currently underrepresented due to denied access and/or suffered past institutional discrimination, including but not limited to BIPOC, international students, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Sign-up HERE

SWC Mindfulness Drop-Ins
Wednesday, May 5 @ 4-4:30pm, Zoom
Learn (or hone your) mindfulness skills in this laid back, supportive community coming together to meditate and connect with one another. No experience necessary! Each session will include: 

  • Two guided mindfulness meditation practices
  • Time for sharing, connecting, and Q&A

Sign up HERE

Compassionate Conversations
Thursday, May 6 @ 12-1 pm, Zoom

A workshop designed for undergrads and graduate students who may face acculturative stress (e.g., international or undocumented students) and are seeking to learn about different mental health topics, practice diverse coping skills, and engage in community building. This is not a therapy group and no documentation will be taken. No disclosure of status is required.
For meeting ID, call or email the Counseling Center at (603) 646-9442 or

Queer and Trans Asian American Poetry Series: David Eng
Thursday, May 6 @12:30-1:30 pm, Zoom

David Eng, co-author of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation will give a talk about Asian American Mental Health. Register at

Primary Care Services Orientation
Thursday, May 6 @3-4pm, TBC
The link between mental and physical health is a two-way street. It's important to support both! Are you curious or confused about what health services are available to you as a Dartmouth student? This 30-min orientation is meant to help answer your questions about Dartmouth health services. This is an *in-person* orientation for a maximum of 8 people. If more are interested, another session will be planned
Sign up HERE

DATE CHANGE Guarini First-Gen Gathering
Tuesday, May 11 @ 12-1pm, Zoom
Are you the first in your family to go to college? If so, then perhaps navigating graduate school has its share of joys
and challenges. Please come and enjoy meeting other first gens. Sign up HERE.

Connecting the Counseling Center with Underrpresented* Communities
Wednesday, May 12 @3-4pm, Zoom

Join the GSC, CARE, and GWISE for a chat with some representatives of counselors at Dartmouth. The Q&A will focus on how racial violence and hate crime may impact your mental health.
Zoom link: password: 182787
*We use this term to refer to communities who have been marginalized and are currently underrepresented due to denied access and/or suffered past institutional discrimination, including but not limited to BIPOC, international students, and LGBTQIA+ communities.

DATE CHANGE Tuesdays is now Thursdays Together
Thursday, May 13 @1-2pm, Anonymous Hall

Please join us for some sweet treats and Guarini swag on the lawn outside Anonymous Hall. We look forward to seeing you! Please wear your face mask and maintain effective social distancing!

Intuitive Eating Workshop
Thursday, May 13 @ 4-5pm, Zoom

During this workshop - led by Dartmouth Nutritionist Shira Evans - you will learn about the principles of intuitive eating and will be guided through a mindful eating activity. For the mindful eating activity you will need a few pieces of enjoyable food such as: a handful of M&M's, a few pieces of dried fruit (raisins, craisins) or a few apple slices.
Sign up HERE

Planning and Pacing Your Teaching
is now Teaching and Self-care
Friday, May 14 @ 1-2pm, Zoom
Your energy levels are an important part of your mental health.  All the things you do during your day, including your teaching, and what you ask your students to do during class, use up some of your energy for the day.  We'll discuss how  you can develop a plan that doesn't leave you (or your students!) without any energy for the rest of the day!
Sign up HERE 

Chill with LGBTQIA+ Community
Monday, May 24 @ 6:30-8pm, Zoom

Join members of the LGBTQIA+ community for the first organizational meeting of our graduate student club: Green Lambda LGTBQIA+. We will discuss what resources, opportunities, and community we hope to facilitate on campus. We look forward to seeing you there!
Zoom link HERE

"Plant" Good Vibes
Tuesday, May 25 @ 9-5pm, everywhere

Planting and taking care of plants are good ways to feel positive about your day. Sign up to receive a planting kit from the GSC to use whenever you'd like! The kits will be available to pick up from 9am - 5pm EST on May 25th. Share your plants with us on social media!
Sign up HERE

Outdoor Yoga Session
Saturday, May 29 @ 3-4pm, Lawn in front of Baker Library

Join the GSC and the Student Wellness Center in an outdoor yoga session led by Laura Beth! All abilities are welcome. Bring your yoga mat or blanket and some water.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is limited to 23 participants. If you are interested, please sign-up HERE