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These discussion groups are facilitated in collaboration with the Carruth Center and other Student Life units. They are NOT therapy groups and are NOT confidential services. Join a discussion group if you are interested in connecting with other students and Student Life staff. If you are interested in confidential therapeutic services, please call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431. Below are the discussion groups currently in session. 

Motivation Mondays at HSC

Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

Hey HSC students! The BeWell office is excited to announce we will be partnering with HSC staff members to launch a Discussion Group series called Motivation Mondays that will meet every Monday at noon. The goal is to provide a space to discuss a revolving set of topics linked to maintaining motivation as we wind down the semester online and prepare for the next! 

Contact Dr. Jen Randall-Reyes for information on how to join the meeting at jen.randall@mail.wvu.edu.


The Science of Well-being Study Group

Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

Depression, Anxiety and STRESS! Are you interested in understanding some scientifically proven practices that can help you and others live a happier and less stressed life? Yale University Professor Laurie Santos in conjunction with Coursera.org is offering the class, The Science of Well Being. We at the Carruth Center are offering a time for students and staff to gather and discuss the information covered in this class. No grades. Just information to use in your life, especially now with the COVID 19 crisis which is causing worry for many. It is easy to sign up for the class here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being/home/welcome

Once you sign up for the class, please register for the study group by emailing: julie.kennedyrea@mail.wvu.edu.


Spill the QuaranTea – A Zoom Chat for LGBTQ+ Students

Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

It’s a weird and scary time right now and it can be easy to feel disconnected from other people, the world, or even yourself.  We are all dealing with different challenges whether that’s living somewhere you can’t be out, missing your friends and chosen family, or just being bored while stuck inside. Join staff from the LGBTQ+ Center, the Carruth Center, and Adventure WV to check in, play some games, and talk.  We can discuss some of the challenges we’ve all been experiencing and what we’ve all been doing to cope and manage. We can’t hang out together at the LGBTQ+ Center, but we can hang out in our sweatpants and pajamas in our living rooms together on Zoom.  This group is geared toward students who identify as LGBTQ+, but all are welcome!

Please contact Dr. Jeneice Shaw at jlshaw@mail.wvu.edu for Zoom link, password, and more information.



Serenity Chats with Carruth

A Zoom Summer Conversation Series Collaboration with the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program and Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services

Looking for an opportunity to connect with some of your peers from WVU Collegiate Recovery and the broader WVU community? If so, this Zoom discussion group is perfect for you! This conversation series has been created and organized particularly for WVU Collegiate Recovery students; however, all students are welcome. This group occurs every Thursday at 11:00 am, with the exception of the first Thursday of the month.

The purpose of this summer conversation series is to provide an open and supportive space for WVU students to connect, have fun, interact, vent and to discuss a variety of topics related to these unprecedented times and more. The conversation themes/ topics are predetermined, but the discussion facilitators are always open to other topics that YOU (the students) may want to discuss. Let us know, it’s your time!

For Zoom link and password, please contact Olivia Pape, Director of Collegiate Recovery at  olivia.pape@mail.wvu.edu. Also feel free to check out the WVU Collegiate Recovery webpage,  https://recovery.wvu.edu/ for more information about their summer programming opportunities.


Mountaineers Meditation Skills Group 

Fridays at noon

The current unexpected life changes have added a unique stressor to everyone’s lives. With all this uncertainty it helps to have as many tools in our toolbox as possible to assist with coping.  This group will teach you meditation and mindfulness skills that have been demonstrated to increase coping abilities.

Please email Dr. Neal Newfield at neal.newfield@mail.wvu.edu with subject line "Join M&M Group" for the link and password.

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