Mental health focus of awareness week

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Mental Health/Illness Awareness Week ran Oct. 7 – 13. 

“Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, better known as NAMI.

The 2018 theme is “Cure Stigma.”

Campus groups from the Active Minds club to the Health and Wellness Advisory Group put together events for the week. The  events were a resource fair, workshop/panel presentation, art show and a guest presentation.

“[The title] Mental Health Awareness Weeks feels a little more inclusive than Mental Illness Awareness Week, and so we’ve decided to go with that. ‘Cure stigma’ means that we are creating a space in our lives that includes more compassion for the people that we interact with,” said Adriana Brogger, associate professor of Radio/Television.

Active Minds states that 67 percent of college students first tell a friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else. Also that, 50 percent of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime.

Delta has used Mental Health Awareness Week to reach out to the community.

The hope is that people who suffer or people who know those who suffer with mental health conditions can find resources outside of the week’s activities.