U!Shine hosts last mental health seminar of the semester April 16

Apr 16, 2018

The nonprofit organization U!Shine exists to prevent mental illness, break mental health stigmas and build resilience in college students. Started by OC alumna Jennifer Winton, the group hosts free seminars throughout the year. The final topic of this spring’s “U!Learn” seminar is “Technology and Mental Health” on April 16.

Devonne Carter, a licensed clinical social worker, will lead the seminar. The goal of this presentation is to help students learn to use technology in emotionally healthy ways.

Carter will highlight the negative impact technology use can have on a person’s mental health as well as educate students on how to manage that negative impact.

Technology has so many great components and benefits, but it can take a toll on our bodies and minds,” Carter said. “I plan to address the questions ‘How do we cope with that [toll on our bodies]?,' and 'How can we still reap the benefits of technology and be as healthy and happy as possible?’”

Winton says U!Shine is a great mental health program for OC because it is the only one specifically designed with college students in mind.

“These seminars help students understand the science of our emotions and feelings,” Winton said. “We want students to learn practical tools to help them better their well-being, mind, body and spirit. If students can learn to take care of their brain and emotions at a young age, they can take care of [themselves] in the long run.”

“Technology and Mental Health” will be held in WBC 124 at 7 p.m. on April 16. 

Students are also invited to U!Shine's "You Blew It" event that celebrates overcoming failure. The event occurs April 19 in the Brew at 7:30 p.m.