National Mental Health Awareness Week
October 5th -11th is National Mental Health Awareness week. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) begins the week with an annual walk in Concord to raise awareness about mental health right in New Hampshire. “Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.” They encourage donations but more importantly encourage participation in the walk!
At UNH, the Department of Social Work is also hosting events! There will be a pink elephant named Stiggy that will represent the stigma of mental illness. The community is encouraged to visit Stiggy at Dimond library during the week, where displays of students’ experiences from past years will be hung. Students and staff will be welcome to write down their experiences with mental illness and gather resources about the topic. This is a great way to educate the public about the importance of mental health and how it affects so many people in different ways. There will also be a mental health discussion panel in MUB Theater 2 from 6-8:30pm on Wednesday October 8th, hosted by the Social Work Department’s Human Behavior and the Social Environment III class.
Did you know UNH Counseling offers online training to learn how to identify signs of distress in others? Kognito training is available for Faculty and Staff, as well as for Students.
The UNH campus would like to raise awareness with this week by bringing together students and community members that may be affected by mental illness every day. Have you or someone you know been effected my mental illness? Looking for support? Discover these resources: NAMI NH, UNH Health Services, UNH Counseling Center, or the Healthy UNH Wellness Resource Guide.