The Counseling Center is holding the Fifth Annual Mental Health Awareness Week on April 7-11, 2014. As in previous years, the focus is on increasing awareness on how to improve mental health by taking care of our total self and engaging positively with our community. To this end, various activities will be offered during the week including a health fair, Zumba, a Drum Circle experience, therapy dogs, massage, reflexology and Gratitude letter writing event. The focus of the latter is to encourage students to reach out in writing to someone who had a positive impact on them.

In addition to the traveling exhibits from the Museum of disABILITY, there will be the display of Mending of the Hearts Panel and screening of the film, United In Anger. The goal is to educate as well as raise awareness of the importance of sexual health and HIV testing.

This year, the Center will showcase the activities that emerged from or were strengthened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services (SAMHSA) grant. Presentations showing our campus approach to overcoming bystander apathy particularly with regards to suicide prevention are the focus of a day long symposium mid-week. The guest speaker, Jordan Burnham, a student athlete, will share his struggles with depression and a serious suicide attempt, as he did on CNN and ESPN. The first Upstander Award will be presented to Darnell Barton, the NFTA bus driver who reached out to stop a young woman from jumping off the overpass last October.

These events are free and open to all students, staff, and faculty. Please plan to attend.

For more information, see schedule of events or contact Modupe Akin-Deko, Ph.D, at ext. 4436.