From October 5th to 12th, the CCC hosted our bi-annual Mindfulness Week. Mindfulness Week typically happens around midterms/the middle of the semester, when students start to feel the pressure and stress of the semester. The week focuses on giving students time to relax and raising awareness about the resources available to students.
The week started with our kick-off table on Friday, October 5th. We tabled for two hours on campus walk, handed out free homemade cookies, and had sheets available for students to take that listed campus and area resources mental health resources. On Saturday, a team of 8 students plus our campus minister, Shannon, walked in the Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which seeks to raise awareness about mental health and reduce suicide rates by 20% by 2025. On Monday October 8th, we came together at our Podcast Perspectives event and talked about meditation and walked through a simple meditation exercise. Spirits were high Tuesday when a dog from the SPCA joined us for a few hours to play with students. We substituted our usually bible study that week for a yoga session, but before yoga, Shannon, our campus minister, led us in an exercise with Psalm 46:10 to calm us. Mindfulness Week essentially wrapped up with Table Talk on Thursday. For dinner, we enjoyed delicious breakfast for dinner catered from the Metro Diner. After dinner, we had a really thought-provoking conversation about the intersect of faith and mental health, facilitated by Shannon and Jen, former CCC intern.
Mindfulness Week was a great way for students to take a step back from our busy school lives for an hour or two each day and just enjoy a simple activity!