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NYFA Well News Issue #8

Anxiety and Stress Support Group: Los Angeles
Tuesdays (Ongoing) at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET
Join therapist Kathia Rabelo, LMFT in a supportive space for expressing weekly challenges in regard to anxiety and stress, including coping mechanisms and skill building. This group will explore such themes as managing school, maintaining and developing relationships, safety and empowerment. Develop a greater awareness of body/mind connectedness and strategies to better understand and manage difficult emotions.


 
Anxiety and Stress Support Group: NYC
Tuesdays (Ongoing) at 12 p.m. ET
Join Director of Counseling, NYC Jacky Hunt, LCSW in a supportive space for expressing weekly challenges in regard to anxiety and stress, including coping mechanisms and skill building. This group will explore such themes as managing school, maintaining and developing relationships, safety and empowerment. Develop a greater awareness of body/mind connectedness and strategies to better understand and manage difficult emotions.


 
LGBTQI+ Support Group: Los Angeles
Wednesdays (Ongoing) at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET
Join therapist Kathia Rabelo, LMFT in exploring gender, sexuality and identity in a supportive space. This group will explore such themes as dating, loneliness, creativity and passion. Develop a stronger sense of awareness and mindfulness to feelings, exploring limits and boundaries of school, relationships and self.


 
Love Your Body, Body Image Group: NYC
Fridays (ongoing) 11:15 a.m. ET
Do you want to feel differently about your body? Would you like to focus on what you appreciate rather than what you don’t like? Join Director of Counseling NYC, Jacky Hunt, LCSW for a weekly group to explore your relationship with your body, learn tips for body positivity, and reinvent your conversation with yourself.


Meeting ID: 941 143 8627

 
National Depression Screening Day: Thursday, October 8th

Successful Transitions
It’s exciting to be either returning to campus or starting as a new student at NYFA. Let’s ensure success with planning and forethought.
  • Expect bumps in the road and you’ll be able to roll over them easily.
  • Remember the hard times don’t last! If you’re struggling to adapt and keep up, know this will pass and one day you’ll be the one giving advice to a new student or someone making a transition.
  • Think back about another time you’ve gone through a change and remind yourself that you’ve gotten through before and you’ll do so again.
  • Be kind and compassionate with yourself. Change is exciting, but not always easy. Don’t beat yourself up for struggling with either or both online or in-person classes. For those of us who are learning how to be in college while learning a new city: practice the same patience and understanding for yourself that you would with your best friend.


Building Healthy Relationships
One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is find meaningful relationships. How do we know when a relationship is balanced and healthy? Check out what our friends at One Love Foundation have to say about the five requirements for a strong friendship. Many people are feeling uncertain about how to build relationships online- NYFA is creating space via Zoom where you can socialize with other students. Join in! If you’re a returning student, form a horseshoe, not a circle by inviting new students in to help them feel welcome.

Your classmates are great supports for many of your concerns, but not the appropriate supports for some.Please review the NYFA resource lists to direct you to the help you need. (NYCLASoBe)

Study Time & Safe Return to Campus
We are excited to welcome you back to campus and want you to have the tools you need to do well. The experts tell us to start with routine to maintain mental wellness. Routines don’t have to be complicated to help. Get up and dressed before online class and take a brief walk before sitting down for a day of Zoom. Stretch out at the end of the day and take a small break with an easy snack before sitting down to do homework and projects. Check out the pomodoro method to address difficulty concentrating. Review NYFA’s helpful guide for some more study tips.

Light exercise helps regain focus. Follow NYFA on TikTok and Instagram for some healthy ideas. (want to take over our IG/TikTok? Get in touch! instragram@nyfa.edu)

Mental Health
September is suicide prevention month and it takes every one of us to stop suicide. The first step is you.

Ask Yourself:
  • Do I know the signs that someone is struggling?
  • Do I know how to respond if someone shares suicidal thoughts?
  • Do I know helpful resources I can connect them with?
If your answer to these questions is no, let’s take a closer look at how that can change.
  • Mental illness is real. It’s invisible to us unless we know the signs. It manifests and impacts each of us differently.
  • Typically there are signs that someone is struggling and may be considering suicide. We all have a responsibility to know the signs and offer active help.
  • Respond with empathy and compassion. Let the person know help is available and support them through connecting with that help.
  • Find and bookmark mental health resources so that you have them ready when you need them. Here are a few mental health resources we recommend:
NYFA Counselors Are Always Here for You

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