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For Life Threatening Emergencies or for Crisis Care needs 24/7:

Call (949) 824-6457 and select Option # 2. You will be transferred to a crisis support line
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Text “Home” to 741741

Call National Suicide Prevention Line at
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The Bandana Project

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History

The Bandana Project was founded on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in January of 2016 with the help of a NAMI On Campus chapter. The Bandana Project is a simple yet innovative suicide prevention and mental health awareness movement. Members tie a lime-green bandana to their backpack, signifying they are in possession of region-specific and national resources. They pledge to support the mental health of those in their life, and reject stigma associated with mental illness. As an organization, we support chapters in creating community connections, bolstering resources, and making positive changes in mental health promotion and suicide prevention. This proliferates resources, normalizes and de-stigmatizes getting help, and provides invaluable, unspoken solidarity with those struggling.

To learn more about the Bandana Project please visit their website.

 

How to Get Involved at UCI

Take the pledge today to combat stigma around mental health and help prevent suicide. Take the pledge at one of the Counseling Center tabling events or outreach presentations.

Launching May 2022!!

 

UCI Campus Resources

To learn more about a various resources on campus go to the UCI Bandana Project website.

 

Bandana Project Modules

Want to learn more about the Bandana project? How to decrease stigma? Learn more about local resources on campus? Show your support to the UCI campus community? The the time to watch these educational modules on the 4 R’s of Suicide Prevention and how to build Change on Campus. Each module (7 in total) takes approximately 4-7 minutes to complete. To access these educational modules follow these steps:

1. Go to the Bandana Project Website

2. Log in using the following information: 

Username/Email: UCIrvineBandana

Password: UCIrvineBandana2

3. Go to Find Resources-General Resources-Bandana Project Modules.

 

Please note: the 4Rs of Suicide Prevention Module is not a suicide prevention training, and is instead a source of basic information on how to recognize and respond to some of the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide, refer someone to a resource, and re-engage with that person. If distressed, please access the resources listed under the yellow button at the top of this webpage labeled “Find Resources.” The Bandana Project and its website is not a source of medical information, mental health treatment, or a provider of individualized health advice.  

If you are looking for a suicide prevention training or certificate please look at our QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) training, along with Mental Health First Aid (only available for faculty and staff). 

Mind Your Zot!

How to Improve Relationship with Food

Are you struggling with your relationship with food? In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week that occurs Feb. 21st- Feb. 27th here are 7 tips that will help you improve your relationship with food:

1. Be aware that there are NO “good” foods and “bad” foods. All foods provide nutrition and sustenance to the body and our bodies need protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and even sugar and fat to survive. All foods are good if you eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients that you need in moderation….

Weather the Changes in Weather

It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!

While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!

Taking Care of your Emotional Health in an Emergency

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after an emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic and continued concerns around anti-Black and anti-Asian violence and discrimination. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your loved ones. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.