Talking about mental health and thoughts of suicide can be very difficult. Laci Morrisey, licensed counselor at Indian Hills Community College, says that having open conversations about suicide can normalize prevention.
She urges students to stop by the Counseling and Resource center to talk if they are battling thoughts of suicide. The Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is another option if speaking in person feels daunting.
Julie Granahan, an Indian Hills student says, "I think through the pandemic last year we all were struggling the same way. We just had to talk about it. You realize once you say it, everyone is in the same spot as you."
The Way Up Conference
If you haven't already registered for The Way Up Conference, you still have time! The schedule is packed with empowering speakers and sessions, including keynotes discussing toxic work environments and how empowered women empower women.
Sign up today! https://wayup-iowa.org/registration-form-2021
ACCT Webinar: Athletics and Enrollment
Ever wonder how athletics affect College enrollment? Find out in the next Association of Community College Trustees webinar on September 30 from 1-2 p.m. Central.
Register here: https://rb.gy/togptn
Future Ready Iowa Design Challenge
The sign-up window for participating in Future Ready Iowa's Build Iowa's Future Design Challenge is closing September 29! K12 students will be able to create innovative projects, connect them to high-demand careers, and a chance to win up to $1,000 for their schools! https://rb.gy/i3xwtf
Kirkwood Hosts International Students
Kirkwood Community College is hosting 16 international students this 2021-2022 academic year as part of the Community College Initiative Program. This program provides participants with the ability to build technical and leadership skills, as well as opportunities for professional internships and community engagement.
Students studying at Kirkwood are from Bangladesh, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa.
Motivational Monday Stories
1. The One Iowa Friendly Caller Program connects LGBTQ older Iowans with members of the LGBTQ community through weekly phone calls, which may help alleviate stress and improve health among LGBTQ older adult participants by providing increased connections and support.
2. Nike's hands-free shoe is a step forward for inclusive clothing.
3. How do you know you're suffering from burnout? Twin sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski discuss signs and ways to address these feelings of stress and burnout.