Change the Conversation: October is Mental Health Awareness Month

Many recent events, from the University of California at Santa Barbara shooting to Robin William’s passing, have shared the common thread of mental health. While it is all too easy to associate the importance of mental health in the context of tragedies, mental health shouldn’t only be part of the conversation in times of crisis. In fact, the World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” highlighting the importance of mental well-being as a consistent and continuous component of human health.

With October being Mental Health Awareness month, there’s no better time to take an opportunity to participate in the dialogue on mental health and increase your own awareness about this important, but often overlooked, health issue. There are number of ways to learn more and get involved on campus, and below is a list of events sponsored by various campus organizations that you should definitely check out!

Stigmonologues

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Cromwell Main Lounge

Come hear your fellow students share their personal stories about mental health issues, stigma and their path to recovery.

“The Gospel According to Josh”  By Josh Rivedal

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Education Building, Room 212

New York City author, Huffington Post columnist, and Mercer county native Josh Rivedal presents, “The Gospel According to Josh,” a one-man show. Join us for a journey through depression and coming out the other side. Learn about how to reduce stigma, raise awareness and help fellow students with depression get the help they need.