U Good

U Goods are events that raise awareness of mental health and substance misuse at Kent State University. The objective of U Goods is to engage, educate, and encourage Kent State students to adopt healthful skills and behaviors that improve mental wellness. This mental health programming is funded through the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant (GLS), which was awarded to the Division of Mental Health and Substance Use (DMHSU) for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. 

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U Good Event Guides

The Center has created U Good Event Guides to help other organizations recreate the events. Check out the Event Guides below to implement on your campus or in your organization! The UGoods are separated into two categories: Virtual UGood Events and In-Person (Craft-Based) UGood Events.

Virtual U Good Events

A Stress Less You & Me Webinar

  • Students learned tips and strategies for coping with stress and anxiety.

A Beginner’s Guide to Gratitude Virtual Workshop

  • Students learned gratitude exercises and how to show appreciation to themselves and others. 

Mental Health Trivia

  • Students tested their knowledge of general trivia, mental health and Kent State University through a game of trivia.

Misuse Awareness Webinar

  • Students learned the facts about alcohol misuse.

    Nurturing Relationships & Positivity Webinar

    • Students learned ways to nurture healthy relationships and foster positive emotions with content from Thrive Through It.

      Redeem Your Self-Esteem Virtual Workshop

      • Students discovered simple steps to improve their self-esteem, build self-confidence, and have more self-respect.

      Resilience and High Expectations Webinar

      • Students who attended this online event were taught academic resiliency skills on meeting high expectations and achieving success.

      Tips for Mental Wellness During COVID-19 Webinar

      • Students learned how to stay physically, socially, and mentally active while following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

      Virtual Craft and Learn Session: Snowflakes & Self-Care

      • Students followed a live video demonstration on how to make paper snowflakes and learn the basics of self-care. 

      In-Person (Craft-Based) Events

      Aromatherapy Dough

      • Students created play-dough infused with essential oils to use when wanting to relax, decompress, meditate, and reflect. 


      • Students crafted blankets, wrote letters and decorated succulents for patients undergoing mental health treatment. This event was organized and hosted by the Nightingale Project, a student organization at Kent State, to promote body positivity and reduce stigmas surrounding eating disorders. 

      Be a Friend. Share the Love.

      • Students personalized pre-made Valentine's Day cards addressed to themselves to promote messages of self-love. 

      Be Your Own Mental Health Superhero

      • Students identified self-help tips they, or someone else, should use to defeat stress, anxiety, and depression. 

      Crafting Happiness Through Gratitude

      • Students personalized a gratitude journal to take with them and learned about the benefits of practicing gratitude. 

      Elfie Selfie

      • Students received a candy cane, mental health tips for finals week, and their photo taken with our elf cardboard cut-out at this winter festive event. 

      Flower Pots

      • Students planted their own miniature flower pot and decorated it with inspirational quotes to support mindfulness.   

      Trivia - Spooktacular

      • Students tested their knowledge of Halloween and mental health through a game of trivia.

      Scare Away Stigma

      • Students stopped by this fall-themed event for candy and to better understand the effects of stigmatizing costumes, Halloween triggers, and mental health stigma depicted in horror films. This event was organized and hosted by Active Minds, Kent State’s chapter of a national nonprofit organization that supports mental health awareness of young adults. 


      • Students were educated on the mental health benefits of sleep after decorating their own sleep mask. 

      Tea Time

      • Students received tea kits and watched presentations about the health benefits of tea. 

      The Mental Health Awareness trainings are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

      By participating in a training, presentation, or event coordinated by More Aware, you understand: 

      • The purpose of the training, presentation, or event is to increase mental health knowledge, reduce mental illness stigma, and develop skills needed to make referrals to appropriate mental health professionals. 

      • During the training, presentation, or event, individuals will learn about mental health topics. If they want, the individual may

        • Take a break 

        • Choose not to participate or stop at any time 

      • Individuals will learn about mental health resources: www.kent.edu/mentalhealth

      • During the training, presentation, or event, it cannot be guaranteed that the information an individual chooses to discuss will be kept confidential by other members attending the training, presentation, or event. However, we ask individuals to respect confidentiality. We ask people to keep the conversations private.  

      If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kenne at dkenne@kent.edu