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Connecting Badgers

Connecting Badgers

By UHS UW-Madison

Connecting Badgers aims to enhance learning and student success by promoting, protecting & restoring mental health while acknowledging that stigma and health disparities exist and can be barriers to care. We provide students with evidence based tips & tools grounded from feminist and trauma informed approaches to increase mental health literacy, which is the knowledge & beliefs about mental health concerns that aid in recognition, management and prevention.
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Study Skills, Stress Management, and Grounding

Connecting BadgersMay 03, 2023

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Study Skills, Stress Management, and Grounding

Study Skills, Stress Management, and Grounding

It’s that time of the semester again: finals! Listen in as we give some tips on studying, stress management, and grounding skills. 

Greater University Tutoring Services: https://guts.wisc.edu/  

To learn more about MHS services: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/  

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/    

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com 

May 03, 202332:26
International Student Services

International Student Services

Join our hosts as we talk with representatives from the International Student Services office to learn more about their scope and services, and ways in which ISS can support International Students on campus. 

ISS’ website - https://iss.wisc.edu/  

Check out ISS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uw_iss/ 

MHS’ Let’s Talk for International Students: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9TetbtfrdyyMtaS  

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/    

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com 

Apr 19, 202342:27
APIDA Heritage Month

APIDA Heritage Month

This episode features Christa Zhang, Master of Social Work student and practicum trainee at MHS, interviewing Kevin Wong, Program Coordinator for the APIDA Student Center. We talk more about APIDA Heritage Month and events and activities available on campus. 

Follow the APIDA Student Center on Instagram @uwapidasc 

For a full list of APIDA Heritage Month events and programs: go.wisc.edu/apida  

MHS’ Let’s Talk: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/wellness/lets-talk/  

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/    

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com 

Apr 12, 202319:34
McBurney Disability Resource Center

McBurney Disability Resource Center

On the latest episode of the Connecting Badgers podcast we meet with Ryan Keegan of the McBurney Disability Resource Center to learn about accommodations and other resources available to students. 

To learn more about the MDRC: https://mcburney.wisc.edu/  

General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/   

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/    

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com 

Mar 22, 202331:33
When a Relationship Ends
Mar 01, 202322:23
Care Management
Feb 15, 202318:47
Finals & End of Semester Stress

Finals & End of Semester Stress

On this episode we talk finals, managing end of semester stress, and resources available for students.


General information on Mental Health Services at UHS:
https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/


Let’s Talk: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/wellness/lets-talk/


To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/


Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Dec 13, 202217:54
MHS Training Programs
Dec 06, 202230:08
Mental Health 102

Mental Health 102

Join us for Mental Health 102, the latest episode of the Connecting Badgers podcast where we talk about what to expect out of counseling and how to get connected to services.

For more on resources available: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Nov 15, 202217:38
Mental Health 101

Mental Health 101

Join us for a ‘mental health 101’ discussion where we talk about how to identify mental health concerns, how to support yourself, and when to reach out.

For more on resources available: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Oct 25, 202213:53
Group Counseling
Sep 20, 202221:06
Fall 2022 Services and Resources
Sep 08, 202218:32
UHS Summer Mental Health Services

UHS Summer Mental Health Services

Our hosts share information about the mental health services and resources available through UHS over the summer. Whether or not you are enrolled in summer classes, in or out of state, we’ve got you covered!

Jun 28, 202215:08
Episode 305: Finals, Graduation, and Next Phase of Life Transitions
May 09, 202222:03
Episode 304: Social Media and Mental Health

Episode 304: Social Media and Mental Health

For this episode of the Connecting Badgers Podcast Casey, Liz, and Quincy discuss social media and the pros and cons it has on mental wellbeing. Resources are provided for students interested in learning to be more mindful of their social media use.

Make the Most of your Time Student Success Workshop -Friday, May 6th, 12:30-1:30pm. This workshop is designed to teach students time management skills. Participants will learn techniques to organize and optimize their use of time in order to enhance efficiency and support overall academic success. Sign up here: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bJX2LhngA2ifv0O.

Resources & Articles referenced in this podcast:

APA Social Media Research Series - https://www.apa.org/members/content/social-media-research-series

McClean Hospital “The Social Dilemma SocialMedia and Your Mental Health” - https://www.mcleanhospital.org/essential/it-or-not-social-medias-affecting-your-mental-health

Harvard School of Public Health “Social Media Use Can Be Positive for Mental and Social Wellbeing” - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/social-media-positive-mental-health/

Cone Health –“7 Health Habits of Social Media” - https://www.conehealth.com/services/behavioral-health/7-healthy-habits-of-social-media/

Center for Humane Technology -“Take Control of Your Social Media” - https://www.humanetech.com/take-control

Mindful.org -Social Media Mindfulness Activity - https://www.mindful.org/before-you-scroll-try-this-social-media-practice/

General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

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To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

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Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

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May 02, 202225:09
Episode 303: Conversations About Drugs and Alcohol
Mar 15, 202232:19
Episode 302: National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA)

Episode 302: National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA)

Andie Schwabe, a UHS provider for eating disorder assessments, met with Liz and Casey to talk about eating disorders and how to recognize disordered eating, and ways to support others, get help, and resources available through UHS. 

Andie Schwabe is an eating disorders specialist, Care Manager, and Crisis Response Team member at UHS. 

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To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

To schedule a medical appointment through UHS you can call 608-265-5600, option #1, or through MyUHS. To learn more about Nutrition appointments at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/medical/nutrition/. 

Drop-InEating Concerns Support Group online sign up: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vwsJCYITv1nbUy

Additional information on eating disorders: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

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Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Mar 07, 202230:37
Episode 301: Black History Months and Events
Feb 15, 202233:10
Episode 209: Finals and End of Semester Stress

Episode 209: Finals and End of Semester Stress

Hosts Liz and Casey talk finals, managing end of semester stress, and resources available for students. 

Silvercloud: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/silvercloud/

YOU@WISC: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/you/

Let’s Talk: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Uo6LCpAt7NcPGe

Let’s F.A.C.E. Itanxiety and depression workshop: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8hT2hU76wQ1g28e

Student Success Workshops(Focus Your Attention and Taking Down Test Anxiety): https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qCbPzfEhfw4pim

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For more information on UHS’ Mental Health Services: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

UHS crisis phone number: 608-265-5600, option #9 

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Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: https://scottholmesmusic.com/tracks/storybook/

Dec 13, 202119:51
Episode 208: Movember and Men's Mental Health
Nov 22, 202115:57
Episode 207: Returning Home for Holidays and Issues Over Semester Breaks
Nov 08, 202114:03
Episode 206: ADHD and Self Diagnosis

Episode 206: ADHD and Self Diagnosis

Co-hosts Casey, Liz and Quincy meet with Denise Calhoun Ph.D to discuss ADHD. Listen in to learn more about ADHD, its symptoms, treatment, and services provided by UHS. 

Focus Your Attention Workshop : https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qCbPzfEhfw4pim

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General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

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Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Oct 25, 202130:22
Episode 205: Hobbies and Activities That Bring You Joy
Oct 11, 202136:16
Episode 204: Latinx Heritage and Latinx Heritage Month
Sep 27, 202126:55
Episode 203: Substance Use & Badger Recovery
Sep 13, 202130:28
Episode 202: MHS Fall Services
Sep 07, 202128:05
Episode 201: Back to School
Aug 30, 202136:13
Episode 127: McBurney Accommodations and Services
Aug 03, 202124:16
Episode 126: Summer Mental Health
Jun 21, 202126:56
Episode 125: Pride
Jun 07, 202136:33
Episode 124: Finals, Graduation, and Summer Activities in a Pandemic
May 03, 202137:46
Episode 123: Finding a Therapist (Part 2)
Apr 19, 202122:28
Episode 122: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Episode 122: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Content Warning: Our topic for today is on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This material may be triggering for some listeners. Today we have conversations on sexual assault on campus, prevention efforts, and also collective healing and transforming our culture. Our guest today is Nola Pastor from Violence Prevention.

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On today’s episode, hosts Liz, Casey and Mary discuss several topics connected to Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and culture both on campus and in the general society with our guest Nola Pastor. We ended our episode with an exercise called Heart Tap by Lee-Anne Gray

For more information on Violence Prevention at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/violence-prevention/

AAU Survey: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/about/aau-climate-survey/

Culture of Respect: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/violence-prevention/culture-of-respect/

For additional resources on transforming our culture feel free to check out: 

Podcast -- Irresistible: collective healing and social change (FKA Healing Justice) Book -- Turning this World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture by Nora Samaran Book -- Unf*ck Your Boundaries: Build Better Relationships Through Consent, Communication, and Expressing Your Needs by Faith G. Harper

To schedule an access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Apr 05, 202132:06
Episode 121: Ways to Recharge Without Spring Break
Mar 22, 202126:51
Episode 120: Finding a Therapist (Part 1)
Mar 08, 202128:40
Episode 119: Codependency
Feb 22, 202132:10
Episode 118: Couples Counseling
Feb 08, 202120:32
Episode 117: Welcome Back Students & Welcome Sidra to the Podcast
Jan 25, 202130:13
Episode 116: Debunking Therapy Myths (Part 2)
Dec 21, 202028:23
Episode 115: Finals and Mental Health
Dec 07, 202025:11
Episode 114: Debunking Therapy Myths (Part 1)
Nov 23, 202027:34
Episode 113: Movember

Episode 113: Movember

On this episode, hosts Casey, Liz and Mary are joined by MHS provider Corey Steele Ph.D to talk about Movember. For more information, including how to get connected with a UHS provider, visit https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/survivor-services/.

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Nov 09, 202023:18
Episode 112: Dating and Domestic Violence

Episode 112: Dating and Domestic Violence

CW: Dating and Domestic Violence. 

On this episode, hosts Casey, Liz and Mary are joined by MHS and Survivor Services provider Molly Caradonna, PsyD to talk about dating and domestic violence as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They explore the dynamics of power and control within different forms of relationships and offer information on resources both on campus and in the Madison community. For more information on the power and control wheel referenced during this episode please click here. Also, here you can find more information about Survivor Services and how to get connected to a provider https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/survivor-services/.

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Oct 26, 202030:34
Episode 111: Depression Awareness Month

Episode 111: Depression Awareness Month

A content warning for our listeners: This episode of Connecting Badgers discusses self-harm, suicide, and death. If you would like you can skip forward to 18:22 mark for our discussion on self care. If you are in crisis or have concerns about a loved one and need talk to someone about Mental Health Services, call us at 608-265-5600, option 9.

October is Depression Awareness Month. In this episode, hosts Mary, Casey, and Liz talk with Jamie Welch, PhD, psychologist and LGBTQ Focused Provider through MHS at UW. 

For more information on mental health services at UHS, please check out https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/, call 608-265-5600 option #2, or webbook an Access appointment. 

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Oct 12, 202023:39
Episode 110: Suicide Prevention

Episode 110: Suicide Prevention

A content warning for our listeners: This episode of Connecting Badgers discusses self-harm, suicide, and death. If you'd like to skip this content, please fast forward to the 11:30 minute mark for this episode's mindfulness exercise. If you are in crisis or have concerns about a loved one and need talk to someone about Mental Health Services, call us at 608-265-5600, option 9.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. In this episode, hosts Casey and Liz talk with Emily Hamm, a graduate student and the instructor of The Psychology Of Suicide course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison about suicide prevention.  

UHS Resources on Suicide Prevention, including Recognize, Respond, Refer as mentioned in the episode: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/suicide-prevention.

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Sep 28, 202016:14
Episode 109: Group Services at MHS

Episode 109: Group Services at MHS

On episode 9 of Connecting Badgers co-hosts Liz and Mary speak with Ben de Boer, PsyD, CGP, Coordinator of Group Services at MHS. Join us to learn more about the groups program in general at MHS as well as specific group offerings for Fall 2020 including processing groups, support groups, workshops, and more! 

You can read the full Fall 2020 groups schedule and descriptions here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/group-counseling/schedule/

If interested in a group that requires a group screening, students can contact the MHS front desk to schedule by calling 608-265-5600, option #2, or schedule an Access appointment if interested in learning more about services. Note that you can sign up for some workshops online, so check out our website for details.

Our intro and outro musicis‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Sep 14, 202030:20
Episode 108: Back to School

Episode 108: Back to School

On episode 8 of Connecting Badgers co-hosts Liz, Casey and Mary welcome students back to campus with a review and discussion of tools and skills to aid studying as well as supportive resources students can access throughout the semester. After exploring these tools, Mary will guide our listeners through an exercise called Off the Top of my Head from The Creative Journal for Teens: Making Friends with Yourself by Lucia Capacchione. To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides UW-Madison students with accessible treatment options 24 hours a day. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/silvercloud/

YOU@WISC is an online portal designed to foster student success in three domains: Succeed (academics/career); Thrive (physical/mental health); and Matter (purpose/community/social connectedness). The portal serves up relevant information and campus resources and personalizes the more you use it: https://you.uhs.wisc.edu

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Aug 31, 202026:55
Episode 107: Boundaries

Episode 107: Boundaries

On episode 7 of Connecting Badgers co-hosts Casey, Liz and Mary process boundaries: what they are, what they may look like, how to recover after crossing a boundary, etc. After navigating these questions host Mary guides our listeners through a brief visualization exercise of boundaries. 

To schedule an access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or web book through the MyUHS portal at https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/. General information on Mental Health Services at UHS is available at : https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/. 

As promised, here are some links to additional tools to learn more about boundaries:

https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/boundaries-psychoeducation-printout.pdf

https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/setting-boundaries.pdf

https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/healthy-boundaries-tips.pdf

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Aug 17, 202026:10
Episode 106: Financial Aid Resources

Episode 106: Financial Aid Resources

On Episode 6 of the Connecting Badgers Podcast co-hosts Mary and Liz interview Joselyn Diaz-Valdes, a Senior Advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid at UW-Madison. Listen in to learn more about the Office of Student Financial Aid, and how they can support UW-Madison Students. Stay tuned to the end for this week’s mindfulness activity ‘hot cocoa breath’.

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Aug 03, 202020:48
Episode 105: International Student Services at UW-Madison

Episode 105: International Student Services at UW-Madison

On Episode 5 of the Connecting Badgers Podcast co-hosts Mary, Liz, Jamie, and Casey interview Morgan Keller, Assistant Director of Student Transition and Co-curricular Education at International Student Services through UW-Madison. Learn more about what ISS does, how they can assist students, programs and ways to get involved, and any new changes to be aware of since COVID-19. Later, Liz guides us through a visualization activity. 

More information on ISS can be found here: https://iss.wisc.edu/

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or web book through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Jul 20, 202024:01
Episode 104: Mental Health Services at UHS

Episode 104: Mental Health Services at UHS

In the 4th episode of the Connecting Badgers Podcast, join Mary, Jamie, Casey, and Liz for an overview of the resources available at University Health Services, Mental Health Services.  After this discussion host Mary will lead members in the grounding activity “Butterfly Hug.” 

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/

General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Jul 13, 202024:45
Episode 103: Accessing Services

Episode 103: Accessing Services

Please listen to our previously released short message addressing recent events, the Black Lives Matter movement, and how you can show support and engage directly in anti-racist action. 

During this episode two members of our highly skilled Access team will answer some important questions about the intricacies and details of an Access appointment. An Access appointment is a great resource to explore options for services and how to get your needs met within Mental Health Services and/or outside of UHS. 

To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or web book through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/

Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com

Jun 22, 202023:18
Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

The values described in this mission statement of the Connecting Badgers podcast include a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the events going on at the time of this recording.

We also acknowledge the limitations of our recording schedule, and that these words might be arriving to you much later than we would like and apologize for this.

Jun 22, 202002:57
Episode 102: FACE COVID

Episode 102: FACE COVID

UHS Mental Health Services staff discuss how to “FACE COVID” and demonstrate a grounding technique.

Jun 01, 202022:18
Episode 101: Commencement

Episode 101: Commencement

Commencement is an important celebration of academic accomplishments. It is valid to grieve the cancellation of our in person commencement ceremony. We hope that this episode gives you strategies and tools to cope with this loss and ideas on how you may want to still celebrate your graduation!

May 08, 202019:46