We know WE ARE. Join Student Council this Thursday, March 3 for a special, pre-break fiesta. Some quick updates will be shared, but this meeting is mainly about having fun and getting into Spring Break mode! Don't miss out.
Due to THON weekend, we will NOT be meeting next Thursday at our normal time! Instead, we will be meeting the following week on February 25 in 103 Willard.
Join us for our FIRST meeting of the semester tomorrow, January 21, in 103 Willard Building. See how you can make a difference in your college this year!
Good luck to everyone this spring 2016 semester! Be sure to check back soon for updates about our meetings and learn how you can make a difference in the College of Communications! Let's make this semester a great one.
By Morgon Goranson
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year. At Penn State, several student organizations have been working together to fund and program Mental Health and Wellness Week.
The University Park Undergraduate Association heads the week of events. Many other organizations are involved including Active Minds, the Interfraternity Council and the Collegiate Recovery Community.
The week began on Monday, Nov. 2 with a focus on eating disorders and body image. Volunteers in the HUB passed out flyers, stress balls and sticky notes for students to write compliments and share them with others.
Tuesday focused on stress, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. In the HUB, mental health skits were performed and students shared personal testimonials.
Wednesday will emphasize depression and suicide, two major issues on college campuses, with an acapella performance at 2 p.m. and a panel with students and members from the Counseling and Psychological Services at 6 p.m.
The focus of Thursday will be substance abuse and addiction, with more student testimonials at 6 p.m. and keynote speaker Dr. Ronnie Singh speaking at 7 p.m.
Dr. Singh’s presentation is entitled “The Triad to Achieve Great Mental Health” and will discuss the benefits of diet, exercise and rest. Dr. Singh will guide the audience with exercises to demonstrate the practicality and advantage of his method. In addition, each member of the audience will receive a copy of Dr. Singh’s new book, “Unlock Your Mind.”
Finally, Friday will end the week with an emphasis on resiliency. Volunteers will be in the HUB handing out flyers, CAPS resources, stress balls and ID card holders with CAPS resources printed on the back.
All events will be held in Alumni Hall.
Kyra Rogan, an at-large representative in the UPUA and the Mental Health and Awareness roundtable chair, said the week of events is important.
“Mental health is a very pressing issue for students, and it is something that people don’t talk about,” said Rogan.
Rogan elaborated on the general lack of awareness regarding mental illness.
“Even if you’re just stressed, that’s a mental health issue,” she said. “More goes into it than the stigma that anyone with a mental health issue is depressed. It’s important that people get a rounded perspective and are more educated and aware.”
Mental Health and Wellness Week comes shortly after the Class of 2016 announced that their class gift would be an annual funding of Counseling and Psychological Services.
For more information or questions on the schedule of events for Mental Health and Wellness week, follow the University Park Undergraduate Association on twitter @UPUA.
Join us Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in 109 Walker Building for our next general meeting.
Our next meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in 109 Walker Building. It's not too late to get involved, so please join us and bring your friends! We'll be talking about more plans for the year, brainstorming events, and much more!
Join us for our FIRST meeting of Fall 2015!
HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by the College of Communications Involvement fair yesterday! If you signed up to receive emails, keep your eyes peeled for information about our first meeting coming soon.
The Peer Mentors Program is a division of CommStuCo. The purpose of the College of Communications Peer Mentors Program is to help first-year and change of campus students have a smooth transition to Penn State University Park.
Any current full-time, College of Communications student through Fall 2015 is welcome to APPLY HERE
There will be an interview process following applications. Please note: current Peer Mentors wishing to remain with the program are REQUIRED TO RE-APPLY, however need not interview.
Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
Any questions can be directed to Peer Mentor Program Coodinator Chrysten Colacicco at firstname.lastname@example.org or Training & Recruitment Chair Min Xian at email@example.com