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SRU groups work to improve
mental illness awareness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Counseling Center, in conjunction with the campus chapter of Active Minds and the SRU AmeriCorps program, is sponsoring a series of events in support of Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 4-7.

All events are in the University Union.

The opening program, Oct. 4, will support "National Day without Stigma," an Active Minds national program. Students will be urged to write a stigmatized word(s) and then use finger paints to literally "stamp out" or "stomp out" stigma with their hands or feet.

A "Counselors Out of the Center" event will feature SRU counselors providing information and distributing "1 in 4" T-shirt and stickers. The activity will allow students to put a friendly face to potential sources of help.

The T-shirts and stickers are reminders that one in four people in the U.S. have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

Mental health information and resources will be available.

The week's goal is to break down stigmas that surround mental health disorders and let students know help is available.

The SRU Active Minds chapter works to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on campus. SRU AmeriCorps Community Fellows are part of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

For additional information, call Melissa Nard, assistant professor in the SRU Counseling Center, at 724.738.2034, or Chere Wyland, an AmeriCorps member, at 724.738.2273.