The MU Student Wellness Advocates are proud members of
MUSWA is a group of Peer Educators who facilitate different wellness presentations to Greek organizations, FIGS, residence halls, and classrooms throughout campus. Presentations range from alcohol and drug issues, stress management, fitness and nutrition, self-esteem, tobacco, and more. Every year, the MU Student Wellness Advocates (MUSWA) present over 150 educational programs to more than 5000 students. Peer Educators meet weekly to complete training in regards to the different wellness presentation topics. In order to become a Peer Educator through MUSWA, students must apply and go through an interview process.
Active Minds is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization on Mizzou's campus. The group is designed to utilize peer outreach and increase student's awareness of mental health issues and symptoms of mental illness, provide info about available resources, and encourage students to seek help for themselves or a friend as soon as needed. Our goal is to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness and create and open environment for discussion of mental health issues.
Presentations you can request!
- Stress Less - 45 minutes - Many students today face many obstacles with school, jobs and extra-curricular activities leading to a lot of stress. This presentation is a workshop that teaches students what stress is, negative and positive responses to stress, and how to actively cope with stress. This presentation includes an interactive activity.
- Stop the Stigma - 45 minutes - Ending the stigma surrounding mental health is a key goal of Active Minds. This presentation teaches students what mental health is, debunks some myths surrounding mental health and teaches students how to be there for their friends when their friend is in need. This presentation is great for all audiences!
- Listening Skills - 30 minutes - When discussing mental health with friends, family and peers listening is vital. This presentation goes over the importance of listening, what to do if a friend needs to talk, how to begin a conversation and teaches the skill of active listening. Students will leave the presentation prepared to have difficult conversations.
- What is Anxiety? - 45 minutes - Anxiety and stress are often confused. This presentation sheds some light on differences between stress and anxiety in a “Mythbusters” format. Presenters will debunk myths in this interactive presentation!