Suicidal behavior and prevention are the focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day, first established on Oct. 10, 1992, by the World Federation for Mental Health. Multiple student groups and health resources on campus like are collaborating to raise awareness in honor of this day along with Mental Health Awareness Week.
The weather yesterday for the Student Health and Wellness Fair couldn’t be more different than the forecast last Thursday, when the fair was supposed to take place. Due to rain, the event was delayed, but luckily the sun was in full force yesterday afternoon on Fairfield Way. The fair provided resources geared toward health and wellness for college students with information about topics like mental health, alcohol use, nutrition, body image and fitness.
Journalist and author Beth Macy is going to be speaking at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 26. Macy’s lecture will explore the relationship between mental health and addiction through the stories of people she has interviewed in her work. The lecture is hosted by SUBOG and the UConn Suicide Prevention Committee.
No one should have to wait for access to mental health resources, however, this is the reality for many students at the University of Connecticut.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees unanimously decided to increase the general university fund fee and to implement the recreation center fee for undergraduate students Wednesday morning. The board also discussed mental health programs on campus in the wake of increased mental health issues reported by students.