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Stress impacts all of us. Stress that turns into distress can impact, and sometimes jeopardize, students’ college careers.

Since 2006, more than 2,000 UW Oshkosh employees have been trained to notice changes in student behavior, express concern and provide information about campus resources through Listening Matters. And it’s having a positive effect–according to the National College Health Assessment, fewer UW Oshkosh students think about and attempt suicide.

The next Listening Matters training is scheduled for Jan. 2 from 2 until 4:30 p.m. in the Student Success Center, room 100. New faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

The workshop prepares people to:

  • Identify students in distress
  • Feel more confident talking to a student in distress
  • Feel more comfortable linking a student to campus resources

Participants will receive a Listening Matters Guide to Helping Others booklet.

Please RSVP by sending an email to

Classroom and group presentations are available upon request by contacting Shelly Rutz Maxwell at

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