Mental health is wealth, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of May. The stigma around mental health and treatment has long existed, even though this has started to change. This Mental Health Awareness Month, explore tools that you can use to help build strategies and resilience for your own mental health and well-being.
Research shows that individuals who regularly practice mindfulness have fewer signs of anxiety and depression, improved cognitive function, enhanced immune system function, decreased blood pressure and migraine frequency, reduced systemic inflammation, and a better ability to cope with illness and pain.
In addition to the broad range of services and support offered through Healthier U and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) year-round, EAP is collaborating with The Center for Mindful Living for the second consecutive year to offer the internationally renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to Stony Brook University faculty, staff and students.
What is MBSR?
MBSR is a structured eight-week course. Through meditation, gentle movement and discussion, MBSR teaches simple yet profound practices that cultivate and develop participants’ innate capacity to meet the challenges and demands of their lives.
The MBSR course was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical Center. It has been featured in countless media segments, hundreds of research studies, and is now offered all over the world in hospitals, schools, businesses and sports.
Who is the class for?
The course is for anyone ready to be more active in their health and well-being, looking to improve their ability to cope with stress, and wanting to increase their sense of ease and peace of mind.
Summer 2022 Orientation/Introductory Sessions
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the free introductory sessions before registering for the course.
At the introductory session, you will meet the instructor/s, learn about the benefits of training in mindfulness, and get first-hand experience in mindfulness practice so you can decide whether the eight-week course is right for you.
Free introductory sessions will be held via Zoom on the following dates:
- Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
- Saturday, May 21, 11 am to 12:15 pm
Find out more about the course, which runs from June 1 through July 20, including the full course schedule and Saturday retreat day.
Contact Alexis Rodgers, LMSW, Alexis.Rodgers@stonybrook.edu, (631) 632-6085.