Stress Reduction

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Use the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) (PDF) to perform a self-assessment to help you begin to explore whether the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors you may be experiencing could be depression. The PHQ-9 is not intended to take the place of an evaluation by a trained medical professional.

Stress and poor physical health are risk factors for depression. To maintain or improve your physical and emotional health, consider:

A mental health professional or your physician can advise you about whether you can benefit from treatment and describe different treatment alternatives.


What is Stress Reduction Meditation?
Stress Reduction Meditation is a FREE, 30-minute (generally 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.) guided meditation. Sessions occur each week during the regular school year.

Who takes Stress Reduction Meditation?
All students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome and no previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Where can I find Stress Reduction Meditation on my campus?
Visit your campus class page for up-to-date information: Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, or St. Louis.

Who teaches Stress Reduction Meditation?
Trained facilitators lead Stress Reduction Meditation sessions.

What fees are involved?
This program is free of charge. There is no need to register--you can simply attend a session. For more information, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?
MBSR is designed to help change your relationship with stress and begin to live a more conscious life in order to make choices and engage in behaviors that increase your vitality, effectiveness and happiness. The eight-week program includes weekly two-hour classes plus a full day retreat (MU Campus only). Classes include instruction in formal mindfulness practices (meditation, body scan, mindful yoga and walking meditation). Weekly practice assignments to do at home help develop mindfulness skills and help take mindfulness into everyday life. Regular class attendance and a commitment of 30 to 45 minutes of practice per day for the entire duration of the course are required. CDs of the body scan, sitting meditation and yoga and a manual will be provided.  Since its inception, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs have been used with groups around the world as diverse as corporate employees, CEOs, educators, students (grade school through college), attorneys, prison inmates, health care professionals, and Olympic and professional athletes - including the world champion Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers basketball teams.

Who enrolls in MBSR?
Any faculty, staff or family member who would like to respond with more skill and creativity to life's stresses. Participants commit to regular practice and class attendance.

How often is it offered?
MBSR is generally offered three times per year--in the fall, winter and summer. The following classes are currently being offered:

Summer 2015 – Columbia Campus

Orientation: Tuesday, May 26, at 5:00 p.m.
8-week class: Tuesdays, June 9 – July 28 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Full-day retreat: Saturday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at
Cost: $40 for faculty/staff or retiree (and spouse/partner) of the University of Missouri ($20 refunded if attend 7 of 8 classes) (If you attend with your spouse/partner you only pay $40 for both of you.)
Registration link:

Where can I find it on my campus?
The program location will be announced when you enroll in a specific program as locations are subject to change. For more information, please visit the MBSR Classes webpage or contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at

Who teaches it?
Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., health psychologist for Healthy for Life, teaches most of the classes and other teachers participate as needed.

What fees are involved?
There is a $40 materials fee for all enrollees who are UM System faculty, staff or family members. Those who attend all but one class will receive a $20 refund. To enroll or for more information, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at

For more information
Visit the MBSR Classes webpage.


Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Qigong (pronounced “tie jee chee kung”) practice is a blending of meditation, breathing, and slow fluid movements all incorporated into a 30-minute set with an emphasis on the breathing. This practice is suitable for people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. The movements can easily be modified to accommodate an individual’s physical/medical conditions. Tai Chi Qigong is good for improving balance, flexibility, lung function, and muscle strength in addition to being a wonderful relaxation technique. The instructor guides participants through the practice with both verbal and visual cues.

How do I participate?
Participation is on a drop-in basis and new members are welcome at any time throughout the year.  No previous experience or special clothing is needed.  At any given time, classes may or may not be available on your campus, depending on instructor availability. Please check dates and times on campus class lists: Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, or St. Louis.


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