Mental Health Awareness Week recognized

(03-19-2012)

Adams State College Counseling and Career Center will feature a variety of events in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week from April 2 through April 6. The week will increase awareness of mental health concerns on Adams State's campus, reduce the stigma around mental health issues, and empower the college community to seek necessary help available to respond to mental health issues.

According to Laurel Carter, suicide prevention outreach coordinator, nearly 44 percent of college students have reported at least one time in their college careers depression was so great it was difficult to function.

Oftentimes, students are unaware of why they may be feeling so unmotivated, why they may be having feelings of hopelessness, or cannot get out of bed in the morning. The goal of Mental Health Awareness Week is to increase the knowledge the college community has of mental health issues and how common they truly are.

Stereotypes are one of the largest barriers preventing students from seeking the help they need. Carter said: "When nearly half of college students have reported similar feelings, we wonder, 'Why is the stigma so great.' Knowledge is power. We want students, faculty, and staff to be informed of the reality of mental health concerns on our campus, and let them know that something can be done. It is no longer something to hide from as it affects every single one of us in some capacity.”

Mental Health Awareness Week's events include:

Monday/Tuesday

  • Training: Mental Health 1st Aid
  • 8:30am-3:30pm, SUB banquet rooms (Training has been approved by Student Affairs to miss class w/professor permission)

Monday

  • Suicide movie: "Don't Change the Subject" · 8pm, Student Life Center

Tuesday-Thursday

  • Voluntary & anonymous Depression & Substance Abuse screenings offered
  • 10am-3pm, SUB Solarium

Wednesday

  • Training: safeTALK · 5pm-8pm, SUB banquet rooms (Training has been approved by Student Affairs to miss class w/professor permission)

Thursday

  • Training: safeTALK
  • 8:30am-11:30am, SUB banquet rooms (Training has been approved by Student Affairs to miss class w/professor permission)
  • Panel of Mental Health Professionals & Student Experience
  • 12pm-1pm, Carson Auditorium