For each month this semester, Health Promotion and Wellness is looking at one of the eight dimensions of wellness and highlight some of the ways those dimensions can be explored and engaged with, whether you are on or off campus. This month, we are going to focus on emotional wellness because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

Emotional wellness “helps you achieve positive self-esteem, satisfying relationships, and resilience to meet life’s challenges.” This involves an increased awareness, expression, and acceptance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings in yourself and others. 

Health Promotion and Wellness, Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT), and Students Ending Rape Culture (SERC) will be hosting various events in order to educate others about consent, boundaries, and other related topics in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We are going to highlight two larger events. 

Day of Silence

On Friday, April 9, people will remain silent to help end discrimination toward the LGBTQ+ community. You can participate by taking a vow of silence to call attention to and signify the prevalence of the silencing of and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. Students, faculty, and staff can participate by taking the pledge, promising to remain silent for the allotted time of their choosing, and using the hashtag #SilentRedbirds on social media. For more information about the Day of Silence event, visit Redbird Life.

Denim Day

Denim Day is a national and annually recognized advocacy event in which individuals are encouraged to wear denim to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault. SWAT and Health Promotion and Wellness invite staff, faculty, and students to come together to support survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim on Wednesday, April 28, and participating in our virtual Denim Day photo contest. Departments will also be encouraged to post pictures of their faculty, staff, and students through their own social media platforms using the hashtag #RedbirdDenim. For more information about the Denim Day event, visit Redbird Life.

If you are looking for more Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, be sure to visit Redbird Life. Additionally, if you are interested in tracking your engagement with the eight dimensions of wellness, you can sign up for Live Well. Live Well with Eight at State is a wellness incentive program that allows you to focus on your well-being through the eight dimensions of wellness: spiritual, financial, physical, emotional, vocational, intellectual, social, and environmental. Available for both students and faculty/staff, Live Well provides easy activity tracking tools, monthly challenges, and prizes for involvement.