Category: Health and Wellness

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

Building Mindfulness and other opportunities

By , January 24, 2017 9:29 am

MindfulnessImageHave you heard of Mindfulness practice and its benefits?  Please consider joining us for a weekly skill-building and practice group and 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. 

The groups will be facilitated by staff from UMKC Counseling Services and held on the following days:

  • Tuesdays (3:30-4:45) facilitated by Elise Chapline; Community Room at Oak Place Apartments
  • Wednesdays (3:30-4:45) facilitated by Dale Voigt-Catlin; MindBody Connection (112 Student Success Center)
  • Fridays (9:30-10:45) facilitated by Carolyn Pepper; MindBody Connection (112 Student Success Center)

Registration is required, as space is limited; so please register today if you are interested!  Due to the skill-building nature of the group, attendance at each group session is important.   For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or

Additional group offerings at UMKC Counseling Services include:

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. The Spring groups times are Mondays from 9 to 10:30 am beginning 2/6 and Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 pm beginning 2/9.

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 and will occur either on Wednesdays or Fridays once member availability is established.

For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Yano Procopio at 816-235-6467 or


The Final Stretch!

By , December 2, 2016 7:19 pm

final-stretchStress is normal–but it also takes practice to manage and use it to your advantage.

Not sure where to start?  Stop by the MindBody Connection (Atterbury Student Success Center room 112) on December 8th from 9.30-10.30am for a workshop to assist you in identifying effective self-care and stress management approaches to use during finals week, or any time!

For questions, contact Dr. Sebastiano Procopio at 235-6474 or



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