Category: Health and Wellness

Mindfulness and Well-Being

By , August 29, 2017 3:40 pm

Be sure to take care of yourself! Be mindful of your inner peace and ways to maintain a healthy balance of all aspects of your life:  family, work, school, and community.

UMKC Counseling Services offers several groups designed to support you and your well-being.  For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or

For all groups, students must attend a 30 minute initial consultation meeting.


RIO (Recognition, Insight, Orientation)

Our newest offering! RIO is a three session (60 minutes per session) workshop focused on coping with emotional distress and psychological pain. The hoped-for outcome is for students to RECOGNIZE emotional distress and psychological pain when it is occurring, gain further INSIGHT into how these impact life, and develop OPENNESS and flexibility to novel ways of coping and increasing well-being.  Students will learn practical skills throughout each session. RIO workshops to begin the week of August 28th.


Understanding Self and Others

Students facing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family issues, loneliness, trauma, and grief and loss may be appropriate for these groups. Group members may use group to work towards enhancing their relationships and social support networks, as well as to learn more about coping with the impact of obstacles they face. Days and times for these groups are established based on availability of group members. These groups last 10 to 12 weeks and each session is 90 minutes. These groups will be held at UMKC Counseling Services.


Building Mindfulness

This is a weekly skill-building and practice group and where members will learn how to apply mindfulness skills in everyday life.  Mindfulness helps in many ways, including improving focus, managing stress, increasing serenity, enhancing stability, and fostering wisdom.  Sessions for the group are:

  • Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm, held at the MindBody Connection in the Atterbury Student Success Center. This group begins on Sept 6th and will last 4 weeks.
  • Tuesdays from 12:05 pm to 12:45 pm, held at Health Sciences Building 4307.  To register for the Hospital Hill group, please contact Dr. Rachel Pierce at
    • Session 1 begins on Sept 19th and lasts 5 weeks
    • Session 2 begins on Oct 24th and lasts 5 weeks


Body Wellness Group

This is a weekly group for students wanting to explore body image, their relationship with food, and disordered eating. The day and time for this group is established based on availability of group members. This group lasts 10 to 12 weeks and each session is 90 minutes. This group will be held at UMKC Counseling Services.

Meditation Rooms—quiet spaces to meditate and pray

By , June 8, 2017 3:32 pm

Need a space to sit quietly and reflect? There are several locations across campus that are available to students, faculty, and staff to meditate or pray.

Please remember:

  • Use the room for its intended purpose
  • Be respectful
  • Please remove your shoes
  • No sleeping
  • Any music must be at a low volume as not to disrupt others


MindBody Connection – Atterbury Student Success Center

Open Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.

The MBC has a quiet room that can be used for prayer and meditation.  They also have a massage chair to help ease your tension!  Both are available on a first-come, first-served availability.



Miller Nichols Learning Center Meditation Room – room 355

Open when the building is open.



Bloch Heritage Hall – room 16

Open when the building is open.




School of Medicine – room M1-402

Open when the building is open.




Truman Medical Center – Borden Interfaith Chapel

Open every day from 8am to 9pm.

The Borden Interfaith Chapel is located off the main lobby of the medical center (first floor). It is a welcoming sacred space for all people.  Regular worship services include Islamic Salat-Ul-Juma every Friday at 1:15pm and Christian Worship on Sundays at noon.

Please note:  Truman Medical Center is not affiliated with UMKC, but their chapel is open to all.  Please follow any posted guidelines or instructions as a guest of their facility.


Stress Less Fest Spring 2017

By , April 27, 2017 3:23 pm

Get ready for a study break!  Cuddle with puppies, have late-night breakfast, get a massage, and hang out with Sporting KC.

The Student Union will have late hours with free coffee and popcorn (while supplies last)–check out the flier below for more details.  Good luck and stress less!



Wear Denim for Denim Day on April 26

By , April 20, 2017 4:33 pm

denim-day-eviteDenim Day is a rape prevention education campaign. We are asking our UMKC community to wear denim on April 26th to make a social statement against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court. In 1992, a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it.

Denim Day festivities include art-making, free lunch, and protesting the myths surrounding sexual assault.  Join us on the Quad on April 26!

This event is cosponsored by UMKC Violence Prevention & Response, UMKC Women’s Center, and UMKC Residential Life.

UMKC Trans+Allies (April 3)

By , March 17, 2017 3:28 pm

transallies_april2017The UMKC Trans+Allies group would invite all of you to our upcoming meeting Monday, April 3, at the UMKC Student Union, Rm. 402 from 6-8pm. For our April meeting we will have some awesome folks from the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project share about the violence experienced by trans People of Color and how we can support our community. We will also have a panel of trans People of Color share their experiences. We are super excited to have them come share about such an important (and unfortunately) timely topic. This event is open to anyone, we just ask that you come with an open mind and willingness to listen.

Future Trans+Allies Event at 6pm:
Monday, 5/1- Gender therapy and providing psychological support to trans clients

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, April 3rd!

The Trans+Allies Facilitation Team

Important Mumps Information

By , February 16, 2017 3:38 pm

Infographic aimed at college students depicting symptoms of mumps and steps they can take to protect themselves.

As of February 10, 2017, at least 15 college campuses in Missouri had reported a suspected mumps case during the past six months. College students are at a higher risk for contracting mumps than the general population because they are more likely to have congregate living arrangements, such as a residence hall or shared house.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has partnered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to provide prevention message standards for colleges and universities that wish to disseminate information to students. The goal is to provide students with key factual messages that will allow them to protect themselves from contracting mumps and spreading the virus to others.

Current Situation

Mumps has been circulating on college and university campuses in Missouri since Fall Semester 2016. The largest number of cases at one campus is at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with 334 confirmed and probable cases reported as of February 8, 2017.  Fourteen other Missouri campuses have had at least one case reported during this timeframe.

Disease Information

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that is spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, or spit. It is commonly passed through coughing, sneezing, or talking.  It can also be spread through contact with objects that others have touched with unwashed hands, or that come in contact with saliva, like eating utensils.

The most recognizable symptom of mumps is parotitis, or swelling of the glands around the jaw. Other symptoms include:  pain with opening or closing the jaw, fever, fatigue and malaise, headache, and earache.  More serious complications can occur, including swelling of the testicles in males, swelling of the ovaries and/or breasts in females, swelling of the brain, meningitis, pancreatitis, and deafness.

Treatment for mumps involves reducing symptoms through hydration, rest, and fever/pain reliving medications, but the only way to cure it is to wait for the body to fight off the infection. Most people with mumps recover completely within a few weeks.


The best way to prevent mumps is to get the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, if you have not already had two doses and do not have a medical reason not to get the shot. Your medical or shot records should show when you received the vaccine, which is commonly given in childhood.  You can also avoid sharing items like eating utensils or cups that come into contact with saliva.

You should stay home if you are sick with mumps to avoid spreading it to other people. A person with mumps can spread it for at least two days before and for five days after symptoms begin.

If you are diagnosed with mumps, you may be contacted to discuss your illness and to talk about any person you may have come into contact with while you were ill. This to make sure that you are feeling better and to keep others from getting ill, and any information that you provide will be kept confidential.

Questions?  contact UMKC Student Health & Wellness

See also this informational flyer

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