Programs & Services - Fall 2014


World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is Wednesday, September 10th. Join us in fighting stigma and saving lives! Stop by our booth in the NUC from 10 am - 2 pm to learn more about Suicide Prevention Awareness from our knowledgeable UCO Counseling & Well-Being Staff.

To learn more about suicide prevention, awareness and support click here.

For more information, contact Julia Reed at or 974-2640.


Sexual Health Awareness Week

Let's Talk About Sex September 22-25, 2014


Join the Central community as we raise awareness and continue the conversation about sexual health.  SHAW allows students to voice their questions, opinions, and attitudes about everything from safer sex, to abstinence, to healthy relationships.  

The Big Bed: Visit the Big Bed and receive educational and practical resources about various sexual health topics such as safer sex, STI's, sexual orientation and expression, and communication and relationships.

Sept. 22-25     10 am- 1 pm     Clock Tower at Broncho Lake    

Rainy Day Location: table in NUC food court

Relationship U: Smart Love, Why is it when it comes to matters of the heart, it's easy to make the wrong decisions? Learn how to increase your relationship IQ and be smart in love.

Tuesday, Sept. 23     6:00-7:30 p.m.     Will Rogers Room, Nigh University Center

Sex in the Dark: You've got questions, and our "Sexperts" have answers! Students can voice their questions about sex and have them answered in a non-judgmental, safe environment. Questions will be asked through an anonymous text message system, and answers will be provided by a qualified panel of professionals in the health, wellness, and sexuality field.

Wednesday, Sept. 24     Noon-1:00 p.m.     Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center

Thursday, Sept. 25     7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.     Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center

SHAW is brought to you by UCO Healthy Campus, UCO Wellness Center, UCO Center for Counseling & Well-Being, UCO Project SPEAK, Teen emPower!, Planned Parenthood, Oklahoma State Department of Health, UCO Peer Health Leaders, UCO National Organization of Women, and UCO Student Alliance for Equality.


Domestic Violence Prevention Month

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Join us as we take a stand with UCO Project SPEAK to work together to end domestic violence.

Purple Ribbon Event/Tree Rededication: Oct. 6 -- 11 am - 2 pm

Previously known as the Violence Prevention Project, UCO students decided to change the name to be more empowering and positive. This event will rededicate the VPP tree to align with the new program, Project SPEAK. Giveaways and a hands on activity for students, as well as information on what the Project SPEAK office, will be featured.

SPEAK UP Healthy Relationships Campaign: Oct. 7 -- 11 am- 2 pm

Join us at this event for solidarity photos at our booth in the Nigh University Center, where you can give your opinion on healthy relationships and we will share it via social media.

Movie Night featuring 'Tough Guise': Oct. 8 -- 6:30 - 8:00 pm

All are invited to the CTL Recital Hall to watch the documentary Tough Guise 2 by Jackson Katz. This innovative video highlights the need to understand the ongoing crisis in masculinity as it pertains to violence in our society. It will enlighten and challenge students, both males and females, to question their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.

Stomp Out the Violence: Oct. 9 -- 11 am - 2 pm

Come to Broncho Lake to hear music from artists that display the effects of domestic violence and how breaking away from that violence can be empowering. Keep your eyes peeled for some interesting guests that will appear to accompany the music.

For more information, contact Michelle Stansel at or 974-2224.


National Depression Screening Day

New friends, experiences, and freedoms provide an exciting backdrop as you wind your way through mid-terms, social gatherings and all-nighters. Despite all the fun, adjusting to college life can be difficult, leaving you feeling stressed, anxious, disconnected, and alone.

The UCO Center for Counseling & Well-Being will be offering free, confidential screenings for depression on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 10 am to 2 pm in the NUC food court. Students, faculty, and staff will be able to complete a written screening test and discuss their results with a mental health professional. Educational materials on depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses will be available, along with a list of resources of where to go for additional help.

Students can also take an anonymous, online mental health screening at any time to determine if professional consultation would be helpful to them.

For more information, contact Julia Reed at or 974-2640.


National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

Colleges and universities across the nation will unite together to raise awareness of alcohol abuse prevention through National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. 49% of UCO students report using alcohol within the past 30 days. NCAAW educates students on safe ways to engage in alcohol use, and raises awareness of unhealthy behaviors associated with alcohol and drug use.

NCAAW is October 20-23. Stay tuned for the schedule of events!

For more information, contact Megan Lundgren at or 974-3422.


Family Violence Prevention Month

Join UCO Project SPEAK and help play a role in ending family violence this November.

Family Violence Awareness Booth: Nov. 11 -- 11 am - 2 pm (NUC Food Court)

Come to the booth in the Nigh University Center and receive a list of clues that indicate where the “silent witnesses” are hidden. Go out and find the “silent witnesses” dispersed in buildings across campus. Take a picture of the silent witness shields and tweet us or tag us on Instagram with a reason why it is important information to know. Students will then be eligible for a chance to win prizes from the Project Speak office.

Violence Prevention Workshop: Nov. 12 -- 6:00-7:30 pm

For the first time, UCO has invited Sargent Robert M Moore, creator of “My Body, My Life” to facilitate a workshop to students. He has been empowering woman through awareness, education, violence prevention and self-defense techniques since 1998. Come to this free workshop in order to better understand how you can be safe.

For more information, contact Michelle Stansel at or 974-2224.


Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting-even for one day-smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life, and one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Join us Thursday, Nov. 20 from 10 am to 2 pm in the NUC food court to encourage smoking cessation among our Central community. Students, faculty, and staff who bring their cigarettes or tobacco products will receive a FREE tobacco Quit Kit, complete with educational tools and support and a 12 week supply of nicotine gum.

Learn more at the American Cancer Society website.

For more information, contact Danielle Dill at or 974-3140.


Mindfulness Week

Finals Week may be synonymous with stress, but we've got the remedy for stressed out students: food, massages, and those oh-so-cute puppies in the Library. Join the Wellness Center and the Center for Counseling and Well-Being as we engage in a new kind of finals week designed to encourage mindfulness in our students.

Stay tuned for the week's events!

For more information, contact Cassie Murphy at or 974-2213.


For more information about UCO Health Promotion please contact:

Brittney Criswell - Coordinator of Health Promotion


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