Friday, June 26, 2015

National PTSD Awareness Day

This Saturday, June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day.
70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives and 20% will go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder. While it’s common for us to think about individuals serving in the United States Military when they think about PTSD, there are a number of other professions that students may be interested in, whose workers are also exposed to trauma on a daily basis.
Last month the Huffington Post wrote an eye-opening five-part series on mental health in the newsroom discussing the need for trauma training and care for journalists who often witness and write about traumatic events countless times throughout the year. First responders (Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, & Paramedics) play a crucial role in our society and are also exposed to highly stressful events in the course of their routine duties.

You may be suprised to learn the signs of symptons of PTSD such as 
  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event.
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma.
  • Increased anxiety and emotional arousal.
may not even appear until weeks or months after exposure to a traumatic event.
At CSS we have free resources for those that want to learn more about PTSD. There are a number of options.
 You can:
1) Take one of the confidential personal health screeningsto assess your personal experiences and knowledge about depression/anxiety, eating disorders, and alcohol consumption . Click on the link, to take a screening.
2) Visit Counseling Services
Counseling Services
Counseling Services

Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00-4:30 
Contact Number: (218)723-6085 
3) Visit Student Health Services

Student Health Services

Student Health Services

Somers 47 (ground floor)
M T Th F 8:30-12:30 and 1:00-4:30,
Wed 8:30-11:30 (S183) and 12-4:30
Contact Number: (218)723-6282

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Power of Compliments and the Science of Love

A lot of us have trouble accepting compliments. We're worried that 

it will make us seem self-absorbed, or we just don't believe that 

what the person is saying is true. But studies show that accepting 

compliments doesn't just help you, it also helps your relationship - 

the Science of Love video demonstrates how this can happen.

After watching the short film think about ways you can learn to

accept the compliments from others, can you simply say "thank -

you with out discrediting the compliment?" Click on the link below to watch the video:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor Lightning Safety

  1. Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  2. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  3. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  4. Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

Friday, June 19, 2015

International Picnic Day!

Some may say that life is no picnic – but today it is! International Picnic Day is a chance to eat out in the open air with friends or family.
The word “picnic” comes from the French language, and it’s believed this type of informal outdoor meal became a popular pastime in France after the Revolution. As fans of Jane Austen’s novels will know, 19th-century picnics were elaborate social occasions, with menus featuring a wide range of cold meats and pies that took days to prepare.
International Picnic Day is celebrated in many countries, though its origins are uncertain. Charity events, school picnics and all kinds of other group meals are organised to mark the occasion. You could also bike, walk or hike to a nearby beauty spot, or just take your sandwiches and cold hard-boiled eggs into the garden and enjoy an al fresco lunch.

Get outside today. It’s the perfect excuse to gather your favorite cracker/cheese/wine combo, snag an old towel, and dine al fresco. The nights are getting lighter and longer, so have a leisurely meal that only stops when the sun goes down.
For nutritious recipes check out the CSS WellU website Eat Well :

Monday, June 15, 2015

Need a little bit of instant motivation?

Is sweat really fat crying? Yeah, we didn't think so either. When you need a bit of motivation that actually works, mosey on over for some hilarious, creative, goofy, heart-warming, and — above all — inspirational quotations brought to you by the Greatist team. We brainstormed a boatload of motivational phrases and sayings — if one doesn't work for you, just click "Push me a little more." Because, hey, we're all trying to get to the gym, eat more kale, and sleep more every night. And we can all use some (instant) motivation along the way.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

National Get Outdoors Day!

National Get Outdoors Day

(information from the Minnesota DNR)

FREE Admission to all Minnesota State Parks
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Child with binoculars
Answer the call of the wild on Saturday, June 13, to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day!
Minnesota's 75 state parks and recreation areas are all offering free admission this day, and many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities. Scroll down to find an event.

Free Fishing and Other Free Stuff

Wet a line while you're out for the day! Minnesotans don't need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks. (Learn more.) You can even borrow free loaner fishing kits at many state parks, along with loaner birding kits, GPS kits and Kids' Discovery Kits. Find out where the free kits are.

Come Explore!

Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outdoors, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime, and you can use your new skills for the rest of the summer.
There's a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans, so take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and explore one!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WellU Nature Walk - Sign Up Today!

 Are curious about the various types of plants that are growing in the CSS woods? Or would you like to take a nice guided hike in the woods? If your answer is yes, please join Pam Freeman for a walk in the woods on June 17th. The walking group will meet out side the Chapel entrance at 7:30 am.

Please click on the link to sign up!

If you have any questions please contact Julie Zaruba Fountaine at