Each year, the first week of October is dedicated as Mental Health Awareness Week; this year culminating with World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2020. What does that have to do with us?
This week you can return to the Mental Health Minute blog and see familiar faces sharing hope and inspiration with you, as we fight the stigma and bring awareness to mental health. There is no health without mental health; each one of us manages mental health in some way. We hope you find strength and encouragement here, along with resources and support.
The reality is 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience a mental health condition in a given year, with 75% of all lifetime mental health conditions beginning by age 24 (nami.org). It is not uncommon nor unusual to experience increased difficulty coping and managing mental health in college, never mind the pre-existing stressors of attending college. This week, this space will take an extra special turn toward positive affirmations from your Student Life Staff alongside the Counseling Office, with additional tips and tricks you can practice to support your mental health.