Hello! As humans, we thrive on connection. In today's world with the flood of technology and COVID-19 safety regulations, the lack of face-to-face connection is negatively impacting relationships with others and the satisfaction of human connection. That’s why we want to bring back one of the simplest actions that builds human connection: saying hello. Because sometimes it’s the littlest things that go the longest way.
Why Say Hello
- Brighten someones day
- Uplift your mood and attitude
- Positive impact on your mental health
- Create connections
- Strengthen relationships
- Reconnect with those around you
- Make new friends
How to Say Hello
- Look up
- Put your phone down
- Be present
- Be aware of others around you
- Make eye contact
- Remember people's names
- Call or FaceTime rather than text
Where to Say Hello
- On the Aggie Shuttle or city bus
- Walking on a USU campus
- In a long line
- In class — even your online classes (slide into those Zoom DMs)
- At the grocery store or local restaurant
- Passing someone in the halls
Pass it on.
Keep the Connections Going
Saying Hello is the first step to positively impacting yours and others mental health. Continue to have an impact by taking some of these next steps.
Text Two Before Ten
David Schramm, USU Associate Professor, and Family Life Extension Specials recommends a simple daily act of texting two people before 10:00 AM. The text could be a text of gratitude, appreciation, or love. It’s reaching out, saying hello, and making those connections.
The Hello Walk is a long USU tradition where students are encouraged to say “hello” to one another as they walk down the stretch of sidewalk from Old Main to the Business Building.
Social Connection & Involvement
Make connections and strengthen relationships by joining a club, attending in-person and virtual events, creating small study groups for your classes, and attending or streaming USU athletic events.
Physical Activity & Fitness
Show up for yourself by being active. Physical activity can do more for your attitude and mood than you might realize. Participate in competitive sports, get outdoors, access fitness equipment and spaces.
Mental & Emotional Health
Take your mental and emotional health to the next level by accessing individual short-term therapy, wellness workshops, psychiatric services, support groups, and self-paced online resources.
Nutrition & General Health
Be there for your body and general health by meeting with a dietitian or nutritionist, a primary care physician, physical therapist, or alcohol and narcotics addiction specialist.
National Suicide Prevention Line
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
CAPS Crisis Appointments
- Same day or next day appointment.
- M-F 8 AM - 5 PM
- 1 (435) 797-1012
Report a Student of Concern
If you're worried about a friend, you can get help from professionals who are trained to support someone who has suicidal thoughts or behaviors by reporting a student of concern.