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Mental Health Awareness Month: Schedule of Events

What a year...

As UNT System Chief Human Capital Officer Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes addresses in the video below, the last year has tested our mental health in ways we never could have imagined. That's why throughout May, a month dedicated to focusing on our well-being, UNT World Human Resources, in conjunction with our faculty and staff at UNT, UNT Dallas and the Health Science Center, will facilitate a series of virtual sessions to engage employees in candid and informative discussions covering every angle of our well-being. 

These live, virtual sessions were created by us, for us. Please click the link below and explore our weekly offerings (plus on-demand videos at the bottom), discover the topics and issues that resonate with you, sign up and make plans to attend. We'll see you there.




WEEK 1: MAY 3-7

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Overview

 An introduction to the variety of resources to support you at work and at home. Learn how to take advantage of the confidential and comprehensive services that you and your family members can access at any time. Topics include:
What is an EAP? • Accessing Your Benefits • EAP Benefits Available • Navigating Your EAP Website.

  • Presenter: Ken Downie, EAP Executive
  • When: Wednesday, May 5 • 3-3:30 p.m.
  • Link: Registration Required (Select "Enter as a Guest" and type your name)

BlueCross/BlueShield (BCBS) Benefits and Mental Health Services

Overview of benefits

  • Presenter: Wesley Dunlap/Angie Lederer, BCBS Representative
  • When: Friday, May 7 • 9-10 a.m.
  • Link:

WEEK 2: MAY 10-14

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

Learn how to RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS that someone may be at risk for suicide, WHAT TO SAY OR DO if you think someone might be at risk for suicide, WHERE OR HOW TO REFER someone who is depressed or considering suicide. Become QPR Certified. Must stay for full session for certification.

  • Presenter: Arlene Rivero Carr, Training Assistant Director, Counseling and Testing Services, UNT
  • When: Monday, May 10 • 1-3 p.m.
  • Note: Registration Required (Zoom link will be sent to registrants the week of the training)

Journey to Wellness

An introduction to the wellness resources and tools available to you and your covered dependents through HealthSelect of Texas® medical plans, including Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM. These resources will help you on your journey to wellness, starting with the Well onTarget® wellness portal.

  • Presenter: Angie Lederer, BCBS Representative
  • When: Tuesday, May 11 • 10-10:45­ a.m.
  • Link: Registration Required

Meal De-Stress

Feeling distressed about what to eat or meal planning? The UNT Student Health and Wellness Center Dietitian will help you de-stress! Learn about tasty meals that will please your palette and ease your mind. A LIVE cooking demo is included.

  • Presenter: Danielle Gemoets, Registered Dietician, Student Health and Wellness Center, UNT
  • When: Wednesday, May 12 • Noon-1 p.m.
  • Link: (Passcode: NOSTRESS21)

The National Opioid Crisis

Causes/solutions and what you can do about it

  • Presenter: Dr. Scott Walters, Professor Behavior Health, Health Science Center
  • When: Wednesday, May 12 • noon-1­ p.m.
  • Link: (Meeting ID: 812 7096 1014; Passcode: 637114)

Weight Management Program – What is Real Appeal?

Receive an overview of Real Appeal, a program based on decades of clinical weight loss research focused on simple steps combined with personalized tools and support. 

  • Presenter: Employees Retirement Services of Texas (ERS)
  • When: Thurs., May 13 • Noon-12:30­ p.m.
  • Link: Registration Required

Mindset: The Key to Unlocking Human Performance 

We will explore: Defining mindset and what it really means • How values, beliefs and mindset form our good and bad daily habits • Establish what is driving behavior and how to change unhealthy behavior.

  • Presenters: Holly Cuozzo, Michael Harper, Roy Lytle, Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) and Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • When: Thursday, May 13 • 1-2:30­ p.m.
  • Link: Registration Required

Substance Abuse – How did I become addicted to drugs?

Join us for a candid discussion about pathways to chemical and behavior addictions and their influence on personal well-being. This interactive workshop invites sharing of ideas and experiences to enhance the learning environment. 

  • Presenter: Dr. Shelia Lumar, Lecturer of Human Services, UNT Dallas
  • When: Thurs., May 13 • 2-3­ p.m.
  • Link:

Mental Health Awareness 

Topics include: Creating awareness about mental health concerns in the workplace • Overcoming and preventing stigma of mental health services • Signs and symptoms of mental health disorders • Utilizing your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services. 

  • Presenter: Lisa Helbig, EAP Trainer
  • When: Friday, May 14 • 1:30-2:30­ p.m.
  • Link: Registration Required (Select "Enter as a Guest" and type your name)

WEEK 3: MAY 17-20

Mental Health: Recognizing and Responding to Top Concerns

Take a deeper dive into today's top mental health concerns, recognize the signs, implement coping strategies and discover available resources.

  • Presenter: Melissa McKenna, Assistant Director, Counseling and Testing, UNT
  • When: Monday, May 17 • 11 a.m.-noon
  • Link:

Workplace Exercise and Fitness 101

Movement and exercise are not the same for everyone. "Find Your Fit" and explore the types of physical activity and what works and is right for YOU!

  • Presenter: Wendy Comfort, Sr. Assistant Director, Recreational Sports, UNT
  • When: Wednesday, May 19 • 11 a.m.-noon
  • Link: (Meeting ID: 875 2577 6100)

Fighting Back Against the Loneliness Epidemic

We are hard-wired for connection. In this webinar we will connect to discuss what we can do to address social isolation and loneliness. Let's unpack: How loneliness is affecting mental health in the U.S. • Differences between solitude, loneliness and isolation • Types of social connections we need as humans • Strategies to help us all feel more connected to others

  • Presenter: Megan Humphrey, Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) & Department of Public Safety (DPS).
  • When: Thurs., May 20 • 10-11 a.m.
  • Link: Registration Required

WEEK 4: MAY 24-28

Beyond Bubble Baths: Self-Care and Mindfulness Through a Pandemic

With our lives turned upside-down because of COVID-19 and not enough bubble baths to keep us feeling mellow all day long, incorporating self-care into our lifestyle has become essential. This session will provide suggestions on how to practice self-care every day, with a special emphasis on mindfulness -- achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. 

  • Presenters: Rachita Sharma, PhD, CRC, LPC-S, Clinical Director UNTWELL, Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation and Health Services & Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW, Clinical Assistant Professor & BSW Director, Title IV-E Child Welfare Program Pl, Social Work, UNT
  • When: Tuesday, May 25 • 11 a.m.-noon
  • Link:

BlueCross/BlueShield Benefits (BCBS) and Mental Health Services

Overview of benefits 

  • Presenters: Wesley Dunlap/Angie Lederer, BCBS Representatives
  • When: Wednesday, May 26 • 11 a.m.-noon
  • Link:

Building your Mental Health Toolkit

Learn how to find help for yourself or a family member with specific types of challenges and mental health conditions. Not only will you learn about your mental health benefits as a HealthSelect participant, but you will leave knowing how to access virtual mental health options in the HealthSelect plans through Dr. on Demand and MDLive. Don’t wait until you or one of your family members is in need of treatment, learn about it now so you are prepared!

  • Presenter: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • When: Thursday, May 27 • 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Link: Registration Required


Employee FMLA Training

Get an understanding about Family Medical Leave including:

  • Different leave types
  • Employee Responsibility 
  • Supervisor's Responsibility
  • Time Reporting Requirements

COVID-19 Leading During Uncertain Times

We've seen a drastic change in employment and the way business is conducted since the onset of COVID. Many businesses have had to temporarily close due to statewide restrictions. For those who are still working, there may have been many changes for your staff. Employees are looking to their managers and supervisors to provide guidance, information and resources. This webinar will incorporate practical steps you can take.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Orientation

This session introduces employees to the variety of resources to support you at work and at home. Learn how to take advantage of the confidential and comprehensive services that you and your family members can access at any time. Topics include:

  • What is an EAP?
  • Accessing Your Benefits
  • EAP Benefits Available
  • Navigating Your EAP Website

Maintaining Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

Please join us to explore ways in which we can maintain emotional well-being during COVID-19. The outbreak has created new stress (loss/change of income, childcare) generalized anxiety, uncertainty and confusion and unknowns about where to get accurate information and what to do if you do feel sick. Our aim is to provide some answers and directions in these confusing times.