February Chapter of the Month: Pennsylvania State University

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12670118_1133660719978626_7567430231498046155_nWe are delighted to announce the chapter of the month, Pennsylvania State University! This chapter’s events thus far have done a wonderful job at engaging the campus in a discussion on mental health.

Check out the awesome events that this chapter has participated in so far:

Suicide Stomper Community Event

Active Minds at PSU participated in a successful “Suicide Stomper” community event, sponsored by the Jana Marie Foundation, which allowed suicide survivors to express their feelings and be part of a bigger message. Everyone who attended this event decorated and painted the soles of sneakers with meaningful messages and drawings representing hope and their experience with suicide.

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Chapter President John Wenier  said that the event created a safe space “where you can come and talk about [suicide].”

After attendees completed their pieces, the different shoes were laced together to form a ‘suicide stomper’ instillation as a symbol of hope and support for all that are affected by suicide. Keep Stomping, PSU!

Mental Health Awareness Week

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Chapter members also recently attended/co-sponsored the university’s Mental Health and Wellness Week, a week-long campaign and series of events dedicated to educating the campus on mental health issues.

Active Minds at PSU co-sponsored educational events on substance abuse and addiction and depression and suicide. The events featured story-sharingfrom survivors of substance abuse, an “I Matter Because…” whiteboard where people could write out reasons to celebrate themselves, a student panel discussing depression and suicide, and a speaker to discuss stress reducers and how stress, anxiety , and PTSD contribute to a person’s overall wellbeing.

The powerful week ended with a full day devoted to encouraging resiliency, and students received rubber ID cards with mental health resources.

Keep up the good work, Active Minds at Pennsylvania State University!