LWBW: Safety and wellness resources (gear alert!)



Hello my dear Moose,

Hurray for the first week of class! First-years, you’re just at the beginning of immersing yourself in all that Princeton has to offer. Returning students, you are getting reacquainted with our many programs and resources. If it feels like a lot, you’re in good company. If it eases your mind, I wish to remind you that you aren’t expected to have it all figured out right away. It’s ok to take time to explore and experiment.

Wellness is one of those topics that I regularly encourage Matheyites to explore. In fact, as your DSL, creating a culture of wellness is my top priority. Why? Simply put, Princeton is highly invested in helping you maximize your potential, not just as a learner but as a whole person. Through our ongoing Live Well Be Well programming you can look forward to regular communications and initiatives aimed at your total wellbeing — mind, body, and spirit. You will have the opportunity to learn and practice lifelong healthy habits in creative and personally meaningful ways.

This correspondence and the associated gift are meant to shower you (rain got nothing on us, Moose) with tips and information about wellness related resources available to make your experience on campus as safe and satisfying as possible. After all, your ongoing health and safety is the bedrock of your experience at Princeton.

Here is a reminder of the umbrella of resources available to you, and of course, there are additional resources that I will highlight in future correspondences.

MATHEY SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Me, Darley Cepin, your Director of Student Life (DSL)

I am here to support and enhance your time at Princeton, focusing on your non-academic priorities and concerns. I am always available, whether it be for a quick hello or a more substantial conversation. We can discuss your concerns – whether they are about yourself, a family member, friend, or roommate – including sexual health, substance use, sleep, mental health, and/or stress. My office is a judgment free zone, so we can cover topics you might otherwise be uncomfortable sharing with friends or family.

Resident College Advisors (RCAs)

There are 15 RCAs at Mathey, and you can find them all listed here. RCAs are your built-in support system and they love hearing from their zees! Your RCA is interested in what you have to say, whether it's a big concern or just something small that's been nagging you. If you are wondering how to tackle a mental health concern for yourself or a friend, check in with your RCA for some support and possibly a referral to campus services.

Peer Health Advisors (PHAs),

Mathey has 5 PHAs:

Roshini Balasubramanian '22 (roshinib@princeton.edu) Robert Britt '24 (rbritt@princeton.edu) Annabel Dupont '23 (adupont@princeton.edu) Hala Lachguer '23 (lachguer@princeton.edu) Katherine Lee '22 (kml6@princeton.edu)

Just like RCAs, they provide support and referrals for other students. They also work to raise awareness, provide education, and serve as a resource for students on a wide variety of health issues, including: sexual health, sleep, stress, mental health, and substance use.

CAMPUS RESOURCES

CPS, Counseling and Psychological Services,

If you’re not sure whether counseling can help, make an appointment for an initial consultation to talk about it. There’s no obligation to continue after the first appointment, and it’s free! Call 609-258-3141 or just walk in during business hours to make an appointment for an initial 20-minute consultation. You can also schedule your initial consultation appointment online.

CPS has so much to offer, including:

Counseling: initial consultations,individual counseling,couples counseling, and group counseling and support

Urgent Consultations: care in urgent situations, for you or someone else

Psychiatric Consultation: for those considering or continuing psychiatric medication

Mind-Body Programs: meditation, relaxation, mindfulness and more

Campus Outreach & Training: campus-wide training, workshops and outreach events

Specialized Treatment: for interdisciplinary treatment needs that may involve physical and psychological concerns

Referrals to local mental health providers

UMatter/Connecting Matters

Bookmark the UMatter Now mobile website on your phone's home screen for easy, on-the-spot access. https://umatter.princeton.edu/

UMatter has great information about mental distress, as well as alcohol and unwanted sexual encounters, that can help you intervene quickly and safely. Connecting Matters is part of the UMatter framework, and focuses on mental health distress.

Office of Religious Life

The chaplains in the Office of Religious Life are available to provide pastoral care and spiritual counseling. The denominational chaplains are also glad to be in pastoral conversation with you and can be found by following this link to the chaplaincies, http://religiouslife.princeton.edu/chaplaincies-groups.


PEER-LED SUPPORT SYSTEMS, CAMPUS-WIDE

SHARE

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office is a survivor-centered, trauma-informed confidential resource on campus for the University community. SHARE is comprised of both professional staff and students. You can disclose as much or as little as you choose. Speaking with a SHARE advocate is confidential. It does not obligate you to take further action. SHARE offers 24-hour on-call services. You can call 609-258-3310.

And finally:

  • Remember to take care of yourselves and each other, and make time to relax and decompress. If you need help and aren’t sure where to turn, please reach out and I will help you make the right connection.

  • If you’ve read this email in its entirety, please stop by the college office on Wednesday, September 1st from 11:30am-1:30pm to receive this Mathey-awesome umbrella! Stay dry moose!

Thinking of you,

Dr. Cepin