‘Coping’ session offers variety of health tips

An app that keeps friends connected while out. Affirmations. A coping tipsheet for finals. Facts about sexual assault.

These were among the offerings at the “Coping and Coffee Break” session Tuesday, April 25, in the lobby of Camphor-Hartzell Hall. About 46 students came to the event sponsored by new DU counselors Megan Andry and Sherile Watts in the Division of Student Success and Student Support.

The event also promoted “Invisible Scars,” a documentary on child sexual abuse shown April 26 in the Student Union Theater.

The counselors said they planned the event not only to share the information provided, but also as a way to meet students and let them know help is available on campus. They also announced plans for a sexual-abuse support group.

“If you think you need to talk to someone, you probably do,” said Watts. She and Andry are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in 114 and 115 Dent.

Andry provided information about an app called Circle of 6. Designed to keep friends connected when they are out, it shares your location with five other friends as well as any messages you want to send in case of an emergency. Available at the AppStore, it won a White House “Apps Against Abuse” technology challenge and is said to be used in 36 countries by 300,000 people, according to the flyer provided.

One table was set up with pamphlets and flyers. Another table was set up with coffee, juice and snacks.

When students first approached the table, Andry shared information Sexual Assault Awareness Month, gave a pamphlet on sexual assault and students received a wristband. The pamphlet included information on the forms of sexual assault, its impact, ways to deal with trauma and other resources. The wristband was teal, the color associated with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with white writing that said, “We believe you.”

Watts advised that if anyone ever tells you something happened to them involving sexual assault, the first thing to say is, “I believe you.”

Students were asked to pick an affirmation from a basket before leaving. Andry and Watts said the affirmation each selected was meant especially for them. One of them read, “I am able to conquer the distractions and emotions that keep me from my goals and peace of mind.” Each student was asked to read her affirmation aloud, and smiles were seen as each was read.