Promoting Self-Care and Balance
The Duck Nest helps you develop self-care and life-balance strategies related to stress, food security, physical health, and general wellness. During this time of uncertainty, the Duck Nest is here for you. We want to provide you with resources from within the UO community and beyond. We've divided these into eight different dimensions of wellness.
Feeling Lonely and Isolated? Tap into Nod
As the world continues to cope with the challenges of COVID-19, we know that forming and maintaining social connections is more challenging than ever, and in spite of this fact, remains a core component of the student experience.
With that, the University of Oregon is proud to announce Nod, a research-backed app for students that taps into positive psychology and the science of social connections to help you build the friendships you want and need. Nod is not a social media app, but is all about helping you achieve your social goals in real life.
Peers Helping Peers
Peer Wellness Advocates are change agents in their communities, act as liaisons to campus wellness services, and create and implement student-driven wellness programs.
Our Peer Wellness Advocates also offer one-on-one support services for the UO student community, including SNAP enrollment assistance, or simply time to check in about whatever is going on in your life.
Want to join us as a volunteer? Benefits of volunteering include:
- Improved leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Skill development and career enhancement
- Opportunity to make a difference in the health of UO students
- Being involved in social justice and equity work
Want to know more? Email our current Peer Wellness Advocates and learn how you can get involved.
Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.
Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:
Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a CS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our CS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.
How does Let’s Talk work?
Let’s Talk will be offered via Zoom and/or in satellite locations across campus. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis.
Mondays 3-5PM - Meet with Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/99378816150
Tuesdays 10AM-12PM - Meet with Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQ students, at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (Oregon Hall-Room 130) or click here: https://zoom.us/j/99147472563.
Wednesdays 2-4PM - Meet with Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, at the Black Cultural Center.
Wednesdays 4-6PM - Meet with Caryn Zaner, who specializes in working with graduate students and queer, trans, and gender non-conforming students. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/92314812010
Thursdays 2-4PM - Meet with Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, at the Multicultural Center (EMU 109m) or click here:
Thursdays 4-6PM - Meet with Kristen Besler at Global Scholars Hall (Room 103) or click here: https://zoom.us/j/92058889528
Fridays 1-3PM - Meet with Mariko Lin at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (Oregon Hall-Room 130) or click here:
The Mental Health Art Show is an annual event where artists around UO come together and make art to normalize and start discussion around mental health. Each year, students from all around campus work to create art of all kinds (e.g., photography, painting, film, etc.), focused on a praticular. The theme for this year's show is: "Healing With Nature And Being In The Outdoors!"
All students are encouraged to participate, and are allowed to use previously made work so long as it fits the theme of the show. If you would like to participate, use the link below to sign up for submissions:
Submissions are open now until the May 4th, and the art you can be turned in either virtually or in-person, depending on your comfortability. We hope to see you there!
This discussion-based presentation will provide psychoeducation on stress, the various types of self-care, and have an interactive activity of creating a “comfort plan,” for self-care through a multicultural feminist lens. Students will be encouraged to be reflective on their own experiences of stress and how they currently cope through discussion prompts as a means to build community support.
- Meditation and relaxation
- Mental well-being workshops
- Social connection
- Body love
- Food security resources
Duck Nest Hours
- 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Connect with Us
Does your group want to learn more about stress management, relaxation, nutrition, sexual health, or suicide prevention? Our team is working hard to make each of our workshops available on demand. Check back to see what’s available.