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Release No. 09.15.16-BMW
September 15, 2016

Body Mind Wellness to Host Variety of Events Through November

The Body Mind Wellness (BMW) Coalition will host its fall Community Resource Fair to assist students with issues such as stress, suicide, sexual assault, and depression. The fair, scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Valencia campus Honor Grove, will kick off a series of personal health seminars hosted by the BMW Coalition through November. 

“We are very excited to offer students and community members the opportunity to interact with campus groups and local organizations that help people overcome challenges to body mind wellness,” said Sheri Barke, sports and wellness dietitian at the Student Health & Wellness Center and one of the event organizers.

Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy free food, music, and the “Everybody is Beautiful” fashion show. 

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 1,100 backpacks will be on display in the Honor Grove as a visual representation of the 1,100 college students who commit suicide every year. 

“Send Silence Packing” is a nationally traveling exhibition designed to raise awareness about college suicide started by Active Minds, a nonprofit organization focused on helping students speak openly about mental health. 

“The Send Silence Packing display will be especially powerful,” said Barke. “We hope it helps connects students to mental health resources and inspires suicide prevention on our campus.” 

The fair will also help inform students and community members about the upcoming seminar series being presented on campus this semester. An array of topics and issues related to food, domestic violence, body image, autism, and veterans’ issues will be highlighted. A full list of upcoming seminar dates/times is listed below:

No Texting and Driving 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15​​
Student Center Atrium 

California Domestic Violence Summit
Jackson Katz (Keynote speaker)
Tickets are $75
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center 

Clotheslines Project T-Shirt Making
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Savia Center, Newhall 

Human Trafficking Conference 
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 
University Center, Room 258

When Food & Fitness Become a Problem 
to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
Boykin Hall, Room 105

SAFE Zone Training 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Oct. 10
Student Center, Room 129

Sexual Assault 101 Workshop 
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
Hasley Hall, Room 205

Ask the Psychiatrist 
Dr. Robert Dasher and NAMI San Fernando Valley 
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 
Canyons Hall, Room 201 

Domestic Violence Center Purple Walk of Strength
11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 (Registration begins at 8 a.m.) 
Tickets are $10 to $60
Cougar Stadium Track

Play to Reduce Stress 
SNAC and Cougar Peer Educators 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 (Play with Dance)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 (Play with Coloring)
Honor Grove

Operation Healthy Vet Seminar Video Release 
Tuesday, Nov. 8

Rage Gauge 
11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 
Aliso Hall, Room 108 

Veteran Resources Information Fair
10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 10 
Honor Grove

Military Friendly Training 
Dr. David Joseph, Psychologist, Oakland Veterans Center 
1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
Aliso Hall, Room 101

Food Sustainability Week 
Sustainability Center & SNAC 
November 14 to 18

Mindfulness & Well-Being Seminar 
12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15
Boykin Hall, Room 105

Autism Awareness Seminar 
to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 
Mentry Hall, Room 343 

Great American Smoke Out 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 
Student Center Atrium 

Paws for a While with Therapy Dogs 
11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 30 
Flag Pole 

The Community Resource Fair and all scheduled seminars are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. 

Many of these events are made possible under grant number SM061818 from the Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and presenters and do not necessarily express those of SAMHSA or HHS.

To purchase tickets for the California Domestic Violence Summit and Domestic Violence Center Purple Walk of Strength, visit For a discounted ticket rate, use the code COC123. 

For more information about the upcoming Community Resource Fair or seminar series please visit​ or contact Sheri Barke at (661) 362-3244.