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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Common symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood, low self-esteem
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Feeling angry, irritable, stressed, or anxious
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Changes in sleeping pattern
  • Difficulty concentrating

Seasonal depression can have a big impact on one’s life, but there are measures that can be taken to help treat the symptoms. Such as taking walks, even if that means bundling up, reaching out to loved ones, connecting with a therapist, staying active, and buying a light therapy lamp. Here is one that we recommend for the coming months:
Affordable Light Lamp. >>> How to Use a Light Lamp Video
More Info on SAD can be found here:


Student Wellness Advising is a friendly and accessible hub of support for all students on the Health Science Campus. All services are confidential, private and free. 

 Snaggs is available to talk with you by Zoom or telephone. Any student who would like to schedule an appointment is encouraged to do so. Send an email to

Student Wellness Advisory Committee:
Jessica Stanley, D23,
Samantha Capizzo, D22,
Caroline Nelson, D24,
Catherine Choi, GSBS,
Caitlin Sutherland, MBS,
Christina Damon, M23,
Christine Ganser,
Jacqueline Mosher, M24,
Anne Scott Livingston, Friedman,
Hannah Paoletti, Friedman,


Tufts recognizes the importance of easy access to confidential mental health counseling. For non-emergent issues, our counselors from our TalkOne2One program are available on campus, five days/week as well as by phone for students who are engaged in clerkships and not available to meet in person. Counselors are also available by phone 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for urgent issues. Please call 1-800-756-3124 to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming Activities

Surviving Winter in Boston
Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00pm

Do you feel a little down during the winter and crave the sun??? Come learn some tips to get through the upcoming cold months.  Learn some approaches to manage Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and some practical tips to beat the cold temperatures.

Please pre-register

The first 25 students tosign upandattendare guaranteed to receive a gift card to Tatte.

Zoom link:


Pumpkin Carving and Decorating

Purchase a pumpkin to decorate or carve!

Send us a photo of your masterpiece by Saturday, October 31st

Pumpkins will be judged, and the winners will be announced on Friday, November 6th.  Pumpkins will be judged based on the following categories:

1. Best themed pumpkin 2. Most creative 3. Most scary/silly 4. Best title

If you would like Student Wellness Advising to assist in getting the pumpkin for you, please indicate that on the signup sheet.  Preordered pumpkins will be available to pick up on Thursday, October 29th between 12:00 – 3:00pm at the Trick or Treat – Meet and Greet! See below!

Trick or Treat – Meet and Greet!!

If you are in the Boston area, we would love to meet you! Join us on Thursday, October 29, between 12:30 – 2:30pm for a physical distancing trick or treat – non gathering event.  We are bringing Halloween to you – stop by for a treat!  Wear a costume and be entered to win an awesome prize.  This non gathering event will be held at the outdoor park right next to Posner Hall (200 Harrison Ave)
** If you signed up for a pumpkin you will claim it at this event.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi has often been called “meditation in motion” and is a great way to unwind after a day of classes and/or to clear your head for evening classes or homework. Join us for a 30-minute session that will focus on basic warmups, stretches, and simple exercises that are rooted in the principles of Tai Chi. Beginners are welcome and no special equipment or attire is needed. Comfortable clothing and an open mind are all you need to start learning a series of relaxing movements that can be performed anywhere and anytime. Feel free to join with or without video. 

Wednesdays from 5:00 – 5:30pm


Virtual Drop-in meditation – two offerings:

Interested in developing a stronger meditation practice? These drop-in group sessions will help you come into the present moment, lower anxiety, reduce isolation, and improve focus/concentration! 

●      Every Thursday at 12:30pm, Dr. Christina Pastan, Director, Mind-Body Wellness, School of Dental Medicine offers a 20-minute session which begins with a short talk about an aspect of meditation followed by a guided experience.  If you would like to be added to the listserv to receive additional information for this session, send an email to

●      TUSM Mindfulness Group (MMG) is offering weekly drop-in meditation.  If you would like to be added to the MMG listserv to receive the weekly notification, send an email to


Weekly Step Challenge:

We have just begun week six of the Step Challenge.  Fall is here and this the perfect time for a walk in the crisp air… so let’s keep moving.  Grab a friend, classmate, roommate and get outside as much as possible! Please record your steps below and we will randomly select winners from at the end of each week. Steps must be entered by 9:00am on Fridays. >>>

We are seven (7) weeks into the challenge and have walked or ran 8,026,367 so far.  Steps must be entered by 9:00am on Fridays.  The winners for weeks six (6) and seven (7) of the challenge:

Joshua Grubb, TUSM
Cassidy Boomsma, TUSM
Alexis Garretson, GSBS
Minya “Amy” Yang, Friedman
Amanda Pomeroy, TUSM
Allison Meyer, Friedman
Gillian Coates, TUSM
Bethany Rennich, GSBS

Winners from the virtual 5K run/walk which occurred during the weekend of 10/17 – 10/18

Zeel Patel, TUSDM
Jocelyn Chang, TUSM
Anna Gates, TUSM


In the Kitchen:

Apple Turnover: This recipe is simple and so comforting. It is perfect if you        have any apples still hanging around from apple pickingSee full recipe here!   



One Pot Mac and Cheese-Dairy Free

his is a simple recipe that feels like a hug. Great for when you want some comfort food after a stressful day but still want to eat healthyFull Recipe Here!

Student Spotlight:

If you would like to be spotlighted, please send an email to or

Have any questions, comments or insights? Reach out to our Social Work Intern, Danielle!

Danielle is currently attending Boston College for a master’s degree in social work and is our first Social Work Intern. She is excited to be a part of the Student Wellness Advising Team and has a lot of knowledge about nutrition, health and wellness and is passionate about destigmatizing mental health. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her at



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