UMATTER is a peer education student organization dedicated to mental health awareness and promotion, focusing on a number of different subject areas: suicide prevention, mental health promotion, inclusive excellence, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and AODA prevention.

UMATTER partners and collaborates with different student organizations on campus for prevention and promotion of mental health issues.

UMATTER members are leaders among their peers and use their knowledge of core pillars to educate their peers through outreach, trainings, and community involvement on and off campus.

As a part of UMATTER, members use instruction gained from trainings and through learning more about mental health promotion and prevention about campus concerns and needs, to teach, educate, and implement their knowledge to the campus community. Students are an active part of the UMATTER collaboration and outreach planning initiatives.

Now Hiring Interns – Fall 2021

Peer Education Internship

  • Earn up to 3 credits per semester
  • Learn about how to create a safer, more caring campus community
  • Educate your peers on important topics like bystander intervetion, mental health promotion and the imporance of inclusive language.

Contact: vostersa@uwosh.edu

Action Matters

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Walking a friend home from a party, donating to a local food pantry or expressing concern for a friend”; whether the task is big or small, your action matters.

Taking action is essential for all of us to make our university a better place.  Action Matters is a strategy that helps empower you to act when others stand idly by. It’s time for the students, faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh to make this university a better, more tolerant environment through our actions.

Steps for Intervening

Step 1: Notice the event

Step 2: Interpret the event as a problem

Step 3: Assume personal responsibility

Step 4: Know how to help

Step 5: Implement the help (take action!)

BAC Matters

If a few drinks make you feel good, do a lot of drinks make you feel great?

Unfortunately this is what many people believe. Although a few drinks can make someone feel good, having a lot of drinks work in reverse; it makes them feel worse. This is known as the biphasic effect. 

Understanding BAC

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is vital knowledge for you whether you choose to drink or not. By completing this brief online program you will have the knowledge and skills to keep yourself safe or help a friend. Learning the skill of controlling your BAC will allow you to enjoy drinking while reducing your risk of harm such as accidents, legal problems, bad grades or becoming a victim of violence. If you don’t drink, you can learn more about how to help a friend if their drinking becomes a concern or safety issue.

Take this 15-minute tutorial on how to control your BAC and why it matters.

Consent Matters

Make it Your Mission to get Permission!

You may be asking what exactly defines consent. Basically, it means that each partner agrees to being physically intimate.  Here are some specific guidelines to live by:

  • Open communication, respect and honesty make sex and relationships hot and sexy.
  • Talking openly about needs and wants shows respect for both yourself and your partner.
  • Without asking for consent, you risk doing something the other person doesn’t want.
  • Sexual activity without consent is a crime.

Listening Matters

If everyone assumes someone else is reaching out, chances are no one will. If you see someone who may need help, remember to “be REALL”.

It can be difficult to see your friend struggling, but checking in with your friend and listening shows that you care enough, even if your friend has difficulty talking about the situation. 

Language Matters

We have a responsibility to be aware; take action.

Can you relate to any of these?

  • Your brother consistently makes anti-Semitic comments. 
  • Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual conversation. 
  • Your co-worker ribs you about your Italian last name, asking if you’re in the mafia. 
  • Your classmate insults something by saying, “That’s so gay” or “That’s so retarded.” 
  • You laugh along uncomfortably and stand there thinking, “What can I say in response to that?”  You may even walk away frustrated and angry, without saying anything, thinking regrettably later, that you should have.

Safety Matters

Safety Matters recognizes that in a community of more than 13,500 people, we need to watch out for each other and be vigilant about one anothers well-being. Coming full circle, Safety Matters relies upon each of us taking action to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe.

Safe Walk Program

The UW Oshkosh Safe Walk Program is a service where Community Service Officers safely escort students on and around campus in the evening or night hours. Here is how it works:

  • Call the UW Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 424-1212 and request a safe walk.
  • You will be requested to provide your name, affiliation with the University, call-back phone number, your current location and the destination of your requested safe walk.
  • Remain in the area provided to the dispatcher.
  • If possible, remain available at the phone number provided to the dispatcher in the event that you need to be recontacted for address clarification or an update as to when the CSO will arrive at your location.
  • Stay safe!

Please Note: In an effort to alleviate fears of requesting an escort while intoxicated, no questions are asked unless the welfare of the requester, the CSOs or the general public is in question.

All information on Safe Walks was borrowed from the Community Service Officer (CSO) Safe Walk Program website.

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in getting involved with UMATTER, please contact Alyssa Vosters at vostersa@uwosh.edu.

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Contact UMatter

University Counseling Center
Student Success Center, Suite 240
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8613

Phone: (920) 424-2061
Fax: (920) 424-1066

UW Oshkosh Counseling Center
Student Success Center, Suite 240
750 Elmwood Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901