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Mental Health & Wellness Week Begins Today

Mental Health & Wellness Week, which raises awareness for mental health issues, is coming to campus this week. A partnership between UPUA, IFC, Panhellenic Council, Active Minds, CAPS, and others, the week will include speaking events, panels, a film showing, and raffles. Additionally, every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., information on resources within the community will be distributed for anyone interested in the HUB.

With a full slate of events scheduled, the week aims to hit every aspect of mental health. The full list of events can be seen below:

Monday: Eating Disorders & Body Image

Amber Krzys, a former Broadway actress and the creator of bodyheart, will speak about body image and self-degradation. bodyheart, now six years old, is an educational outreach program focused on fighting issues that lead to poor body image.

Tuesday: Stress, Anxiety & PTSD

  • Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony (11 a.m. on Old Main Lawn)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD, affects 7.7 million Americans. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates PTSD afflicts about 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, 10 percent of Desert Storm veterans, 11 percent of Afghanistan War veterans, and 20 percent of Iraq War veterans. Pay respect to and support America’s veterans with a flag ceremony.

  • Student Panel on Stress and Anxiety (8 p.m. in 129 A/B HUB)

A discussion of stress and anxiety, an issue afflicting a large population of college students, this student panel will hope to shed light on those topics. Students will have the chance to ask anonymous questions of mental health professionals.

Wednesday: Suicide & Depression

Ross Szabo, author and CEO of the Human Power Project, will be speaking about depression among college students and alcohol’s effects on mental health. Szabo has spoken to more than a million students worldwide and has received the Removing Stigma Leadership Award and Changing Minds Award for his work in mental health advocacy.

Thursday: Substance Abuse & Addiction

  • The Truth About Suicide film showing (12 p.m. in HUB Auditorium)

According to its website, The Truth About Suicide is “an educational program that shows depression and other suicide-related problems as they are commonly experienced by college students.”

  • Collegiate Recovery Community Panel (7 p.m. in 302 HUB)

This panel will discuss alcohol and substance abuse, and students will have the chance to pose questions to mental health professionals anonymously.

Friday: Resiliency (Stick it to Stigma)

  • HUB Tabling (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Make sure to look out for these events in what is sure to be an informative, powerful week.

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Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell is Onward State's Features Editor. He's a senior Supply Chain major, but is going to law school at some point in the future and masquerades as a writer for now. He continues to disappoint his ancestors by being a complete Irish stereotype. His email is [email protected] because there were no other Noels before him. His ex-wife got the good half of his bio in the divorce settlement.

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