The Student Health Center will offer events, clinics and testing appointments this November

The IU Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are offering clinics, events and testing appointments for students during the month of November.

The Student Health Center offers flu shot clinics for current students, faculty and staff to get their flu shots. The last day to make an appointment is Monday, November 7, 8am – 4:30pm. To make an appointment, you can sign up through the clinic schedule.

Students can be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea through the Student Health Center’s new STI screening program—no appointment required. The Student Health Center is offering a pilot program where students who do not have symptoms can be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. This program only provides urine screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Testing can be paid for by insurance, billing to a student account, or meeting with a cashier after the sample is submitted.

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The assistant director of sexual and reproductive health at the IU Health Center, Heather Eastman-Mueller, said the goal is to provide an opportunity for IU students to talk about sexual safety, as well as to reduce the stigma associated with STI testing.

“For many students, they haven’t had to navigate the health care system, and this provides them with a comfortable environment in which to do so,” Eastman-Mueller said.

Coping with an Eating Disorder During the Holidays will be a free virtual workshop on November 9th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The event will include organizing a support system, setting healthy boundaries, prioritizing recovery and engaging in self-care. CAPS will invite participants to share tips they have found helpful in the past, taking care to keep the space as trigger-free as possible.

CAPS counselor in charge of the event, Amanda Roth, said she wanted to offer students an opportunity to think and plan, so they would hopefully feel more confident that they can maintain their recovery while at home for the holidays .

“We are really excited to offer this workshop to students and hope that the coping tips we offer will help many students have an enjoyable and manageable holiday season,” Roth said. “We also hope it can attract students who are not currently seeking treatment for their eating problems and encourage them to seek help and support.”

The AIDS Memorial will be available for viewing in Alumni Hall at IMU on November 10-12 from 10 am to 9 pm. Those who attend will have the opportunity to tour sections of the Quilt that have been selected by members of the public who are were diagnosed with AIDS. Each day of the event, there will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about HIV/AIDS and receive free HIV testing.

Connected: [AIDS Memorial Quilt to be displayed on IU’s campus in November]

CAPS offers free mindfulness meditation workshops every week until the first week of December and encourages students to attend as many as they wish. Days offered are Monday 9-10am, Tuesday 12-1pm and Wednesday 2-3pm. These workshops offer ways to practice mindfulness with opportunities to discuss the process and benefits of developing a consistent mindfulness practice.

CAPS adviser Ian Arthur said he often compares the workshops to weightlifting because the principles are the same and they work with multiple resistances to develop a certain type of skill or strength.

“The repetitive aspect of meditation simply involves noticing when the mind has wandered off and then gently, without judgment or aggression, bringing it back to anchor,” Arthur said. “This allows us to gradually develop a different relationship with our thoughts and feelings, increasing our ability to choose how to respond to them, rather than being caught up in our typical, automatic responses.”

The Student Health Center calendar lists all events that current IU students, faculty and staff can attend or participate in.

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