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Resources and information dealing with all aspects of Mental Health. Some are Xavier specific, some are local, and some are national level.

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

Mental Wellness and Radical Acceptance

mham-xu-mental-health-flyer-final.jpg May is Mental Health Month, and it has never been more important than this year.


May 3 - May 7

University Library is providing Finals Week Treat Bags to support our students as they prepare to end this academic year that has been like no other. Look for them on the 3rd floor near the CLC atrium on Monday and Tuesday (May 3 and 4). While supplies last!

Need a study break? Mental health break? Stress reliever? Tuesday to Friday (May 4 -7), University Library will provide Coloring Mandalas and coloring pencils. Coloring mandalas are a form of art therapy that can reduce anxiety, tension, and overall stress. The mandalas will be located on the 3rd floor near the CLC atrium.

Along with coloring mandalas, to continue its support for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, University Library has created a book display on a variety of mental wellbeing topics: mindfulness, emotional healing, grief, anxiety, and more located on the 3rd floor.  Want to show your support? Grab a free button honoring the importance of Mental Health! You know where they'll be.

May 3-7 - Radical Compassion Challenge

May 10-14: Meditation & Journaling/Bi-Okoto/Transformational Breath

Write Here Write Now: Connecting to the Body through Movement and Writing

Join Dr. Renea Frey, English Department Faculty, for a relaxing and reflecting workshop. It is easy to become "stuck in our minds" or caught up in the constant flow of tasks to be done in our day-to-day lives. This workshop will ask participants to slow down and turn inward by focusing on the body through gentle movement, mindfulness, and meditation, followed by exploring these connections through intentional journaling.

Tuesday May 11 10:00 – 11:00 am
Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Write Here Write Now: Connecting to the Body through Movement and Writing

B-FIT with Bi-Okoto

Promotes a healthy lifestyle by motivating individuals to participate in daily physical activity with fun fitness routines that increase their cardio, strength, endurance, and flexibility with creative group goals, strategic challenges, nutrition tips, and rewards. These classes are fun Interactive classes geared towards individuals to move their bodies into a healthy lifestyle with culturally inspired dance fitness. Class offerings consist of Egyptian Belly Dance, Yoga, Afro-Peruvian/Salsa, and Latin Dance, Afro-Cardio, Zumba and Kizomba (originally from Angola), and traditional & contemporary African movement for kids.

Thursday May 13 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for B-FIT with Bi-Okoto

Transformational Breathwork Workshop

Join Xavier Alum Mary Schoen, Class of 96 in Theology, for a Transformational Breath workshop. Without breath, there is no life.  It is as simple as that, yet, many people take their breath for granted.  Breath is an automatic biological function, which can be used consciously to enhance the quality of life and the health of our bodies. There are numerous breath techniques and schools of thought, but the most comprehensive one is Transformational Breathing.  This dynamic breath process not only opens up and corrects old, ineffective breathing patterns but also teaches individuals to use their breathing to reduce stress, increase energy, heighten self-awareness, heal emotional traumas, and connect more fully with Spirit.

Friday May 14 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Transformational Breathwork Workshop

May 17-21 – Radical Acceptance/Movement Intelligence/Tonglen & Vocal Harmonics/Tai Chi

Radical Acceptance & Radical Self-Care Workshop

Buddhist Tara Brach says, "the boundary to what we can accept about ourselves is the boundary to our freedom." Join Tracey DuEst and Audrey Calloway as they discuss how Radical Acceptance and Radical-Self Care relate to each other and how these two acts of resistance help us show up as our best selves work and in life.

Monday May 17 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Hybrid, Clock Tower, Zoom

Register for Radical Acceptance & Radical Self-Care Workshop

Movement Intelligence & Feldenkrais Workshop

Join Brian Shircliff, Class of 96 in Theology, of Vitality Cincinnati, as he offers the Xavier community a movement intelligence workshop and teaches us the Feldenkrais' Method basics. Dr. Feldenkrais student Ruthy Alon took his work one step further, using the wisdom of African Water Carriers to develop Movement Intelligence / Bones for Life as a means towards bringing innocence to our joints so that we can build bone health through walking. Both Feldenkrais Method & Movement Intelligence involve moving gently and slowly and in pain-free ways to invite our brain to be curious about what is possible. Our brain then has new options to explore in keeping us in a healthy and vibrant relationship with gravity!

Wednesday May 19 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Movement Intelligence & Feldenkrais Workshop

Tonglen Meditation and Vocal Harmonics

Join TriHealth employee Robert Dorsey for a relaxing and energizing exploration of techniques for finding greater harmony within ourselves, our relationships, and our environment. We will build and engage awareness of vocal harmonics and resonance and their uses for bringing about states of relaxation, calm, and stillness. From that, we'll move into a guided exercise in tonglen, a "giving and taking" meditation practice from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that focuses on qualities of empathy, compassion, and peacefulness, between ourselves and others.

Thursday May 20 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Tonglen Meditation and Vocal Harmonics

Tai Chi

Join Mary Duennes, RN retired Parish Nurse, Healing Touch Instructor, Capacitar Facilitator and former Nightingale Nurse of the Year for a Tai Chi class. Mary shares Capacitar as a way to heal ourselves and heal our world. She will teach body-based practices that empower people to use their inner wisdom to heal and transform themselves to heal injustice and build peace in themselves and the Xavier community.

Friday May 21 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Tai Chi

May 24-28 – Zumba/Panel Discussion/Laughter Yoga

Zumba Class

Join Zumba Instructor Tat-yana Brown in a fun, Latin-based fitness class on campus! Dancing is a great way to relieve stress and an excellent form of exercise. Celebrate the final days of Mental Health Awareness Month with this free 1-hour dance workout!

Monday May 24 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Zumba Class

Mental Wellness and Radial Acceptance: What Does Our New Normal Look Like?

On Tuesday, May 25, Xavier's ACCESS Council will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Month Panel from 1:00-2:00 pm. The event will provide an opportunity to hear from mental and behavioral health professionals at Xavier, ask questions, and learn more about mental wellness and why radical acceptance can contribute to your wellbeing. The School of Psychology will be represented by Dr. Jennifer Phillips and Dr. Nick Salsman. Jamie Baxter and Jadyn McQueen will speak on behalf of Counseling Services, and Natalia Weekly will represent Care Management and the Dean of Students Office. For questions, please contact Tracey DuEst, Associate Director, OIDI, at

Tuesday May 25 1:00 – 2:00 pm


Register for Mental Wellness and Radial Acceptance: What Does Our New Normal Look Like?

Laughter Yoga Workshop

Join Xavier Alum, Shannon O'Neil, Class of 2007 in Social Work, for a fun-filled yoga workshop. Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a modern exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter. This type of yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides similar physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.] It is usually done in groups, with eye contact and much playfulness between participants. Intentional laughter often turns into real and contagious laughter.

Wednesday May 26 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Husman Stage & North Yard

Register for Laughter Yoga Workshop

MHA Mental Health Screening Test

Click here for Screening:

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Resources at the Library

Need Help Now!

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health disorder, please seek help. One of the resources below may be able to assist. For medical emergencies, dial 911 immediately.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.

Crisis Text LineNeed help now? Text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

Veterans Crisis Line

Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, Chat, or Text 838255

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

MHA Mental Health Tool Kit

Tool Kit

During the past year, we at Mental Health America have witnessed an unprecedented increase in the numbers of people experiencing mental health problems. In November 2020, the CDC reported that 44 percent of us were dealing with either depression or anxiety. While historically data shows us that 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health problem, these days it certainly feels like it’s 5 in 5.

This year’s Mental Health Month toolkit based once more on the theme of Tools 2 Thrive (especially during a pandemic) – will help us do just that.Six topics comprise the toolkit – Adapting After Trauma and Stress, Processing Big Changes, Getting Out of Thinking Traps, Radical Acceptance, Taking Time for Yourself, and Dealing with Anger and Frustration. Together, these tools help us develop and employ the resiliency that will take us to brighter days.

Virtual Support Groups

Virtual Support Groups

If all of this is a bit overwhelming, and you’re seeking a lower-commitment, affordable way to find support, finding a community online may be a good option for you.


While information gleaned from them should never be taken as medical advice, online support groups and forums from reputable organizations allow for anonymity and can be a good way to explore resources specific to your individual needs.

The right support group for you depends heavily on what you need, nonprofits and mental health organizations like NAMI and Mental Health America (MHA) are great places to start.

Xavier Action and Care Team

Xavier Action and Care Team (X-ACT)

Mission Statement

The Xavier Action and Care Team is a collaborative, interdisciplinary advisory group that meets to provide support and assistance to students who may be experiencing emotional distress and exhibiting at-risk or threatening behaviors.


  • Facilitate the success and retention of at-risk students and others impacted by disruptive behavior.
  • Provide early intervention and support to students.
  • Centralize reports of student behavior.
  • Coordinate University-wide response and resource alignment.
  • Serve as a resource for faculty and staff in addressing at-risk or disruptive student behavior.