Mental Health Awareness Week April 2-6

The Counseling Center is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Week April 2-6, 2012.

  • Did you know that young adults 18-24 have the highest percentage of mental illness and the numbers are on the rise? Did you know that depression is a significant predictor of lower GPA and probability of dropping out of school?
  • Did you know that college counseling centers offer a unique opportunity to reach students and positively affect the rest of their lives?
  • Did you know that 2/3 of students don’t seek help and one of the main reasons is mental health stigma? We want to raise the voice of mental health awareness and decrease the stigma related to mental health issues and to receiving support!

A key component of this celebration is a presentation by guest speaker Margaret Bertram.  Margaret (Maggie) Bertram grew up in several small towns in central Illinois where everyone knew each other's business. She became a master at projecting confidence, maturity, and success while hiding her thoughts and feelings inside. Maggie's perfectionism and anxiety struggles began in high school and continued through college where she struggled with shame associated with discovering her lesbian identity, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anorexia nervosa.

Since her recovery, Maggie has navigated a path toward a more positive, integrated, and balanced life. She is a powerful speaker who engages audiences with her sincerity, humor, and remarkable intellect. Maggie is currently Program Manager for Student-Led Initiatives at Active Minds, Inc.

Other events that will be highlighted during our jam-packed Mental Health Week 2012  include: An ice-skating party, a Drum Circle Experience (see video of previous Drum Experience Event) , Therapy Dogs, Laughter Yoga, QPR Suicide Prevention training, A relaxation experience in the Planetarium, a community Art Exhibit, several workshops and more.  These events are open to all students, staff, and faculty. 

For more information, see schedule of events or contact Suzanne Johnson, LCSW, at ext. 4436.

(statistics courtesy of NOSTIGMA.ORG)