Today marks the fourth day of Mental Wellness Week here at PNWU. Organized by PNWU’s Student Government Association (SGA), the week aims to encourage medical students to maintain a focus on the importance of self-care.
Mental Wellness Week, which is scheduled to take place between January 20-26, brings a variety of activities to campus which aim to promote mental health. Offerings including an introduction to meditation class from a fourth-year student, a yoga class from PNWU Associate Professor of Nutrition Dr. Kathleen Briggs-Early, and a seminar on psychiatry and mental wellness, which will be delivered by PNWU alumnus Dr. Justin Smith.
“Promoting mental wellness is important for medical students due to the high stress nature of school and recent rise in student/resident/physician suicide,” explained SGA Executive Vice President Katie Ferguson. “While learning how to care for others, we risk losing sight of how to care for ourselves. By offering resources and tools to improve mental health, we are hopefully reaching people who don't seek the help they need.”
“While learning how to care for others, we risk losing sight of how to care for ourselves."
“I feel really lucky to have a school that supports us emotionally and offers resources to allow for promotion of mental wellness,” Ferguson continued. “I am hoping to offer a springboard for people to take the ideas given to them during the week and create habits that can continue to be used throughout school and residency. I also want to start a conversation of asking for help and knowing when it is necessary to spend the time on mental wellness, which is always.”
As part of the week, PNWU plans to host a breakfast for students this Friday, January 24, from 9-10 a.m. in the Butler-Haney Hall foyer.