Sunday, August 26, 2012


Welcome (back!) to UNH!! The UNH Counseling Center (UNHCC) hopes that you had a relaxing and interesting summer. As the Fall semester begins, nature is changing. The leaves are just about to make their way to the ground, the sun is setting earlier, and baseball is making room for football season. We at UNHCC have been undergoing the transition to the academic year by welcoming new doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows to our staff as well as implementing technological changes.

Fall is also a time of transition for many students. Whether you are returning to UNH after a summer or semester away or you are on the Durham campus for the first time as a student, you are probably experiencing some feelings associated with change: excitement, nervousness, wonder, happiness, and/or confusion. You also may be asking yourself any or all of the following questions:

“How will I adjust to everything that is new or different: courses, roommates, professors, jobs, volunteer opportunities, new student organizations, interactions with my friends?”
“How will I meet new people?”
“Will I be able to be on time for classes with my commute?”
“Will I have people to eat dinner with?“
 How will I deal with missing people and pets from home?”,
“Will I get along well (or at all?) with my roommate?”

For students who are new to UNH and/or new to college, these changes can feel particularly powerful. Sometimes change can be overwhelming and lead to stress and anxiety. 

Especially during these times, it is important to think of what feels familiar. For example, you have probably spent most of your life as a student and so you have already experienced taking classes and submitting assignments. You have met new people before, and so, you have familiarity with this experience as well. You have also probably already made some independent decisions, even if they have felt smaller than the choices you are making now. Most of all, you are still you.  Even though your environment may have recently changed, your internal values, which kind of qualities you like in others, and your overall sense of what feels “good” or “right” probably has not changed too much. Try thinking of other aspects of your life that have not changed, or at least have not changed so much.

Especially during times of change, it is important to good care of yourself physically and emotionally. Aim to receive enough sleep (usually 7-9 hours nightly); exercise moderately, and practice healthy eating habits. If you have questions about your physical health and wellness, visit the UNH Health Services website at for more information and to make an appointment. Generally, moderation is a healthy route! 
If you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed, try to accept your anxiety and clear your mind by focusing on nothing but your breathing for several minutes. Then for several minutes, try silently focusing on a person, place, or object that you associate with calmness and peace. If these mindfulness exercises feel difficult, that is okay – you are not alone, they are hard for most people at first but can become easier with time. For more information on relaxation exercises, check out the Health Services website and the UNHCC website at

If you would like to speak with a counselor about healthy ways to cope with stress and change, please contact UNHCC at 603-862-2090 or by visiting us at Smith Hall (corner of Garrison and Main Streets, Room 306) during our open hours Monday-Friday 8-5PM. We are available by phone 24/7 in the event of an emergency by calling the main number, 603-862-2090.

In health,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

From Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) website:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) - April 2012


History of SAAM

Sexual assault is a term that is used to encompass the multitude of ways in which a person can be violated in a sexual nature against her/his will. It is defined as any sexual act directed against another person, that is forcible and/or against that person’s will; or, where that person is incapable of giving consent. Sexual assault is a crime in all of the U.S. states and territories.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month serves to bring awareness around these issues. Following the initial observance of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, advocates of sexual assault survivors sought to create a similar awareness event more specific to sexual violence. What started out as an awareness week in April, grew into a month-long consciousness-raising event as advocates began to coordinate events throughout the month of April. 
In April of 2001, the U.S. began to nationally observe the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month, organizations across the country host events and programs that aim to educate the public and reach out to survivors. Teal ribbons are worn by many to raise awareness in support of the cause.

Get Involved

Raising awareness about sexual assault at UNH is not just a women's issue. It is a community issue. We hope that this month (and going forward) you will join the movement to end violence at UNH, particularly sexual violence against women!
Here are some ways to get involved:
  • Men! Join the White Ribbon Campaign! Calling All Men, take the pledge to end violence against women and girls
  • Wear at Sexual Assault Awareness Month Ribbon throughout the month of April. Ribbons are available at the SHARPP office and at the White Ribbon Campaign informational tables
  • Attend SHARPP events! We have many GREAT events planned during the month of April (see full list below)
  • Talk! Have discussions with your friends, classmates, professors, colleagues and family members about how sexual violence effects our communities
  • Write a letter to the editor of The New Hampshire, or other local newspaper about the importance of raising awareness of sexual violence on college campuses, particularly UNH
  • Take care of yourself. If you are a survivor of a sexual assault, there are many great resources at UNH to assist you. Start by contacting SHARPP
  • Concerned about a friend? Use this month as a way to learn more about how you can support a friend who has been sexually assaulted and/or is in an abuse relationship
  • Get social with SHARPP! If you haven't already, "Like" the SHARPP Facebook page. Throughout the month of April we will be posting facts about sexual violence, our events and other great information
  • Change your Facebook profile picture to a clock, representing the Sexual Assault Awareness month theme for 2012.

Events at UNH

Check out SHARPP's April events below.

Clothesline Project T-Shirt Making

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:00 - 2:00p.m.
MUB 336
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00p.m.
MUB 332

"It is the very process of designing a shirt that gives each survivor a new voice with which to expose an often horrific and unspeakable experience that has dramatically altered the course of their life. Participating in this project provides a powerful step towards helping a survivor break through the shroud of silence that has surrounded their experience." Please join SHARPP during one of these two dates to make a t-shirt. Survivors and allies are welcomed. All materials are provided.

WOW! What's on Wednesday With SHARPP

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
10:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.
MUB Foodcourt

SHARPP Sponsors a What’s on Wednesday. Get Sexy with Consent in a photobooth! Stop by and get your picture taken and you can also make banners and posters for the Rally & Walk! And it's all FREE!

Taking a Community Stance! Stepping Out to Speak Out Against Violence Rally

Thursday, April 12, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Lawn (in front of DeMeritt)

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SHARPP cordially invites the University of New Hampshire Community to the 2nd Annual Taking a Community Stance: Stepping Out to Speak Out Against Violence. This localized social movement aims at gathering students, faculty, staff and Durham community members together to take a collective and powerful stance against all forms of violence on our campus. This event will include informational tables, a 20 minute walk around campus, reading of UNH’s Community Proclamation Against Violence and a student call to action to end violence against women at UNH. This event is open to the UNH and Durham community.
Violence against victims/survivors results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, able-bodyism, ageism and other oppressions.
Community Sponsors!
This event is sponsored by the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) with support from the following many organizations and department at UNH and in the local community. If you would like to be a co-sponsor, please contact Maggie Wells (

The Vagina Monologues

Friday, April 27, 2012 and Saturday, April 28, 2012
MUB Granite State Room

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. This April the Vagina Monologues will be performed by students at University of New Hampshire! 
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at MUB Granite State Room, April 27th and 28th at 8:00 p..m.  Tickets prices are $8 for students and $10 for non-students. Tickets may be purchased at the MUB.