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Mind and Matter


Talking Openly About Mental Health

The topic of mental illness can be difficult to discuss openly because so many view mental health with a negative stigma. With these issues becoming increasingly prevalent, we must move mental health to the forefront of conversation topics and have transparent discussions about how we truly feel.

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Clarity . Connection . Comfort

Breaks to Boost Your Productivity and Creativity

Breaks enhance productivity and creativity, and typically impact the prefrontal cortex (PFC); the thinking part of our brains responsible for goal-oriented work, concentration, logical thinking, executive function, and using willpower to override impulses. Discover tips to refresh and recharge your mind.

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Mental Health Corner

October is National Depression Awareness Month

During the month of October, the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) will be facilitating webinars to increase awareness and bring hope to those who may be suffering from depression or know someone who may be suffering in silence.

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Guest Article

Dance/Movement Therapy and Depression

The purpose of dance therapy is to connect your own way of moving with the personal meaning it has for you.  Movement and dance evoke images, symbols, and metaphors that can help us identify our feelings and perceptions. A dance therapist uses a combination of movement and words to help clients articulate their feelings. Expressing oneself through dance is an act of empowerment for someone suffering from depression.

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Reducing Stress for Caregivers

Whether you are a caregiver in your professional and/or personal life it is essential to make wise choices of behaviors to engage in to avoid feeling distressed and overwhelmed.

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Did You Know?

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S.

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults ages 18 and older, or 18.1% of the U.S. population, every year. It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

Take an online self-assessment to check in on your mental well-being today.

Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

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Virtual Wellness Webinars

(1 hour)

Managing Return to On-site Work Anxiety

Are you feeling worried or anxious over the prospect of returning to your on-site workplace? Explore the root causes for such feelings and identify the many ways you may successfully work through them.

100 Pure Wellness points

(30 minutes)

Sitting with Your Discomfort

Attend to discover the why and how of managing feelings of discomfort as well as its benefits.

50 Pure Wellness points

(1 hour)

Make Your Credit Score Soar

Join speaker, Ms. Doris Baker, Financial Educator with Consolidated Credit, to review three ways one may boost credit score and important things to avoid when working on improving this important number.

 100 Pure Wellness points

(1 hour)

Social Security Benefits Update

Presenter, Maria Ortega, Public Affairs Specialist with Miami-Dade Social Security Administration Office, will help participants understand benefits eligiblity, when a person qualifies, and the steps eligible individuals need to take to apply for Social Security benefits. A University of Miami Benefits Administration representative will be in attendance to answer UM benefits-related questions.

 100 Pure Wellness points


Quote by Which to Live

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.”

— Glen Close



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