SU services offers spiritual, mental aid

BY VIRGINIA LISCINSKY, ASST. LIVING & ARTS EDITOR

For all those health-conscious students out there, remember that keeping fit does not just involve the gym. In order to stay happy and healthy, keep an eye on your mental and spiritual health too.

Just as there are sports on campus to help improve your physical health, there are also many resources at Susquehanna to improve your mental and spiritual health.

For a mental boost, a good place to start is the counseling center, but that does not mean you have to vent your frustrations out to one of the counselors there.

According to Director of Counseling Anna Payne, the campus counselors try to provide self-help options for students.

Payne said that students can take 10 minutes to just sit in the massage chairs they have available. “You don’t need to talk to a therapist to do that,” she said.

Payne also said that students can play Wild Divine, a biofeedback computer game at the center. The game requires no mouse, and players move objects on the screen via sensors they are hooked up to. How fast or slow the objects on the screen move is determined by how relaxed or energized the player is.

“It gives you a chance to learn how to calm down or how to get energized,” Payne said.

Payne also said that there are links on the Susquehanna webpage to sites and audiotapes that help students develop relaxation and coping strategies.

For students who want to focus on improving their spiritual health, there are also plenty of options for that on campus as well.

Assistant Professor of Religion Matthew Duperon said that there are many options for students looking to relax, both mentally and spiritually.

Duperon said that he runs a meditation group that meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in Weber Chapel’s multipurpose room.

Duperon said that while he doesn’t specifically teach meditation, he provides students with a welcome and supportive environment in which they can “sit and allow [themselves] this healing silence and tranquility.”

“You don’t have to worry about the past, you don’t have to obsess about the future,” he said.

Duperon said that the group usually does Zen meditation, but students are welcome to try other styles such as walking meditation, or even things like yoga and tai chi.

“As a group we’re really open to trying new things,” Duperon said.