Normalizing mental health on campus with Mental Health Awareness Week

This week, MSU college students can be part of a Zumba exercise at Jenison, meet Zeke the Wonder Dog, or drink scorching chocolate and eat pastries by Wells Hall, amongst different actions. The aim: to extend consciousness about mental health.
“Each of nowadays is a small time for college students to take a small snippet out of their large day to simply calm down, to get away from their busy, traumatic lessons and simply to breathe,” director of health, security and wellness for the Associated Students of Michigan State University Harsna Chahal mentioned. 

Every day of the week options actions deliberate by Chahal in partnership with different pupil organizations to handle completely different points of mental health. Monday’s theme was recharging. Students took dwelling succulents and painted pots with constructive messages, all whereas receiving details about mental health sources. Chahal emphasised the significance of getting conversations about mental health with the scholars who attended the occasion.
“Instead of simply handing them issues, we genuinely had a dialog, talked to every of them,” Chahal mentioned. “It makes mental health extra like a norm … not only a scary matter to speak about. It will be some informal dialog you’re having on a random Monday on the Union.”
Tuesday’s theme is ‘Sweat out the Stigma.’ From 7 p.m. to eight p.m. in Jenison Fieldhouse, college students can be part of a Zumba exercise hosted by MSU CHAARG, a girls’s health membership.
Wednesday’s actions focus on physique positivity with portray and pictures from 7 to 9 p.m. within the Student Services Building convention room 110.
On Thursday, college students can meet Zeke the Wonder Dog, eat pastries and drink scorching chocolate exterior of Wells Hall from 6 to 7 p.m.
This Friday, college students can attend a tailgate with mental health consciousness week merchandise, pastries and scorching chocolate on the Breslin Center pupil part entrance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“The aim is to attempt to make it a behavior to follow mental health,” Chahal mentioned. “It doesn’t should be an hour. It can simply be brief … simply to recharge your physique. The aim is to assist college students recharge.”
Mental health sources on campus embody:

MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 
Crisis counseling service, name (517) 355-8270 and press “1” on the immediate to talk with a disaster counselor.
MSU Center for Survivors 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline, name (517) 372-6666
National Suicide Crisis Lifeline, name 988
MSU Olin Health Center, 

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