October 2021

Mental Well-being

Mental well-being is a state in which an individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to contribute to their community. Our mental and emotional state influences how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic, work-related stress and burnout, and other strong emotions can feel overwhelming. How you cope with these emotions and stress can affect your well-being, the well-being of the people you care about, your workplace, and your community. During this pandemic and beyond, it is critical that you recognize what stress looks like, take steps to build your resilience and manage job stress, and know where to go if you need help.

There are several ways we can work to maintain and improve our mental well-being, including taking care of our physical body with nutritious foods and regular movement, reducing stress, getting an adequate amount of quality sleep, strengthening social connections, coping with loss and grief, being mindful, and building our resilience. Join Employee Wellness this month for a webinar on holistic mental health. In addition, check out the Wellness Your Way spotlight to the left and learn about the support available to you and your family through Impact Solutions.

October Presentations

Learn strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits straight from the experts. Browse our October webinars below. These sessions are open to all full and part time employees. For those participating in the wellness rewards program, each session is worth 10 Tier 2 points.

Oct. 12

12-1 p.m.


Financial Wellness: Junk Choices – The Influence of Advertising

Join DJ Enga and Megan Cooper as they shed light on our spending culture and how social demands of new technology, advertising, and financial products can place pressure on an individual and family. By identifying ways in which advertisers use media to sell products, it helps bring awareness to the best ways to adapt and shape a personal attitude toward our own finances.

Register to attend the webinar "Junk Choices-The Influence of Advertising"

Oct. 20

12-1 p.m.



Holistic Mental Health

Over-reliance on drugs to deal with pain and stress has created additional problems for the American population. While medication is a tool, it should rarely be used as a first resort. Join Patrice Rancour, MS, RN, for a review of the skill-building inherent in Mind/Body Approaches (Mindfulness, Guided Imagery and Heart-Centered Practices), Biofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Nutrition, Sleep and Exercise.

Register to attend the webinar "Holistic Mental Health"



Employee Wellness is pleased to sponsor onsite 3D mammography screenings at the Kent campus. The Women's Diagnostic Center will offer annual routine digital mammograms, Oct. 4 - Oct. 8, in the Heer Hall parking lot at 635 Loop Road (near the ice arena). The mobile coach contains a check-in desk and private changing area. Results are available within 3-4 business days.

Visit the registration page to schedule your appointment as well as download required forms.  Visit the Mobile Mammograms web page more information about the Women's Diagnostic Center and their services, including FAQs and COVID-19 procedures.

In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and the Women’s Center, we will also be accepting used bras as part of the 9th Annual Bra Recycling Drive. Clean, used bras can be dropped off in the donation bin near the Mobile Mammogram coach between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 4-8.



Kent State University has partnered with Haymaker Farmers' Market to bring a farmer's market to the Kent campus. The Kent State Farmers' Market exposes the university community to nutritious local foods, products, farms, and agriculture. In addition to produce for sale, the market includes crafts, educational workshops, and performances. All are welcome to stop by. The next market will take place on October 12 from 4-7 p.m. on the student green near Risman Plaza (rain or shine). Learn more here