Giving Thanks and StressLess Week!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! We hope your tummies are stuffed with turkey, and your hearts full of thanks as we start the holiday season!

As the quarter comes to an end, we at HSPA have so much to be grateful for. New and incoming members have brought so much support, joy, and love to our club. Not only do they bring outstanding conversation to our discussions about mental health, but they act as models in our community to bring awareness to others. We are excited to announce that in partnering with Forefront we welcomed 29 new SafeTALK trained Suicide Alert Helpers into the University of Washington community, just in November alone! (If you are interested in participating in SafeTALK, click the “GET INVOLVED” tab above!) HSPA members are also currently being trained for our upcoming high school outreach program, and we are just beginning to plan our H3 Walk on April 25, 2015! There is so much going on, so much that could not be done without the incredible people who devote themselves to this cause.

Perhaps most exciting of all, is that HSPA members have been planning and implementing events for StressLess week (“dead week”) between December 1st through the 5th! Because after all, what is thanks without giving back to our UW community? We will be handing out goody bags with food, water, notes of encouragement, and information about our club in the Odegaard Library, next week on campus! And because doggies are so wonderful we are also hosting the Therapy Dogs in Ode on Wednesday, Dec 3 so keep a look out for our furry friends! Be sure to check out our facebook page so you don’t miss any of these awesome events. Email us at hspa@uw.edu if you are interested in volunteering at all next week with distributing goodies to your fellow students!

To end, we hope that you are doing well and having a great start to your holiday season. Lets take the time to be truly grateful for those who love and support us, for the challenges that we face, and the moments that bring us true happiness.

Kicking off the New School Year: Meeting Times and Other Info!

Hello Huskies! Welcome to the new school year; we hope your first week was great! If you missed our HSPA table at the club fair this week, don’t worry! You can learn all about the fun activities we have planned for this year at our first meeting on Monday, Sept. 29th at 5:00 PM in Sav 132. Meetings will be held every other Monday at this time and location, so come enjoy snacks, games, activities and warm company all quarter long!

Thank You

Sunday was beautiful, in so many ways. Thank you to everyone who supported the Husky Help & Hope Walk. We are encouraged by our successes (among them, more than 300 participants and more than $7,500 for campus initiatives!), and look forward to continue working for this cause alongside Forefront.

See the front page of intheforefront.org to read a recap of the day, and special thanks to Alex Tran for the great article and Sarah Rothman for taking beautiful photos!

Post-walk updates coming soon….stay tuned.

H3 walk and fountain

Upcoming Events

Lots of events coming up in the near future! Comment here or email hspa@uw.edu for more details.

  • Sunday, April 6: Bake Sale at View Ridge PCC to raise money for the H3 Walk
  • Friday, April 11: HSPA members will volunteer at Rick’s Cafe (ice cream lounge in Haggett Hall!) and tip money will go to H3 Walk
  • Friday, April 18: HSPA will be hosting a dance/de-stress American folk dance event from 7-10pm.

Special thanks to Emily Murphy, Ryan Higgins, and Kay Chai for organizing these events!

HSPA Bake Sale

Help us raise money to put on the H3 Walk! We will be holding a bake sale at the View Ridge PCC from 12pm – 6pm on Sunday, April 6. Please consider baking something to donate, or come by to get some delicious baked goods. Email Emily Murphy at hspa@uw.edu if you are able to bake something to donate. Thank you!

bake sale

Historic day in Olympia

Today, Governor Inslee signed ESHB 2315 into law, making Washington the first state in the country to require suicide prevention training for doctors and nurses. HSPA members Beau, Collin, and Juliana helped to advocate for this bill last month, and all of us at HSPA are so grateful to Forefront for organizing these phenomenal, historic efforts.

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ImageGood luck on finals, everyone! If you’re on our email list, look out for an end-of-quarter email toward the end of this week with updates — if you’re not on our email list and want to be, click “Get Involved” on the left. Next quarter, meetings will continue to be on Mondays at 5pm.

Enjoy the sunshine this week!