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          Edinboro University shines light on mental health issues with campus-wide wellness event



          Stories over Silence (S.O.S.) Day set for Tuesday at Edinboro’s main campus

          September 09, 2019

          Edinboro University shines light on mental health issues with campus-wide wellness event

          An estimated one in four adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental health disorder. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicates that rates of depression and anxiety among U.S. college students have more than doubled in the last decade.

          As mental health issues become more prevalent than ever on college campuses, Edinboro University remains committed to supporting student wellness and educating the campus community about available resources.

          Toward this goal, Edinboro will host Stories Over Silence (S.O.S.) Day on Tuesday. Held in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, the campus-wide event will focus on holistic health, emphasizing mental-health awareness, education and self-care.

          Wellness activities – ranging from guest speakers to rock climbing and therapy dogs – will be held from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Edinboro University’s main campus. Students who participate in the activities will be entered to win gift cards, gift baskets and other prizes.

          “Studies have shown that college students who participate in activities that openly address topics like depression and anxiety are more likely to seek help and far less likely to stigmatize their peers who suffer from mental health disorders,” said Darla Elder, director of Ghering Health and Wellness Center at Edinboro University. “Our ultimate goal is to encourage members of the campus community to have open, honest conversations about mental health and to speak up when they need help.”

          Information tables, giveaways and health and wellness activities for students, faculty and staff will occur throughout the day, culminating with a Stories Over Silence (S.O.S.) Walk at 7:30 p.m. in Sox Harrison Stadium. The first 250 students will receive a T-shirt.

          The walk represents a beacon of light, providing signs of hope to the campus community and raising awareness of the resources available. Participants will carry glow sticks around the track before placing them on a display of more than 600 backpacks in the center of the football field. Each of the bags represent college students lost to suicide in the U.S. each year.

          Edinboro University provides mental health services for all students through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program. CAPS is committed to helping students address and resolve concerns by providing a range of mental health services.

          Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counselors will be available all day for students. For more information, contact Ghering Health and Wellness Center at healthcenter@edinboro.edu

          S.O.S. Day Highlights:

          • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Counselor Available , 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. , Ghering Health and Wellness Center
          • Informational Sessions Presented by the Office for Accessibility Services, 8 – 11 a.m. & 1 – 3 p.m., Crawford Center, Room 126
          • University Police Information Table, 9 – 11 a.m., Frank G. Pogue Student Center
          • Aromatherapy Stress Balls Provided by the Health and Physical Education Department, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boro Pit
          • “Cultivating Joy” – Sponsored by the Nursing Department, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Boro Pit
          • Semicolon Tattoos Provided by the Counseling Department, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pogue Student Center
          • Information Table Presented by the Veterans Success Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Crawford Center, Room 208A
          • Make Your Own Post Cards Presented by Art Therapy and Counseling, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pogue Student Center
          • Information Table Presented by Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, 9 a.m. – TBA, Fighting Scot Plaza
          • Information Table Presented by Highmark Caring Place, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Back Patio of Pogue Student Center
          • Bottles of Water and Financial Planning Information Presented by PSECU, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pogue Student Center – PSECU Office
          • Information Table Presented by Mental Health Association, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • Ask-Care-Escort (ACE) Information Table, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • “Healthy You” Photo Booth Presented by Residence Life and Housing, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pogue Student Center
          • Body and Facial Scrubs Presented by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Back Patio of Pogue Student Center
          • Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Semicolon Temporary Tattoos Presented by Student Government Association, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Back Patio of Pogue Student Center
          • Rock Climbing Wall Presented by Campus Recreation, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • String Art and Free Gum Provided by Student Health Services, 11:30 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m.
          • “It’s OK to Not Be OK” – First Year Experience Guest Speaker, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall
          • Aromatherapy Stress Balls Presented by Early Childhood and Reading Department, Noon – 7 p.m., Fighting Scot Plaza
          • Backpack Display Presented by National Alliance on Mental Health, Noon – 7 p.m., Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • Iced Coffee and Outdoor Ball Pit Presented by Chi Alpha and Campus Ministry,  1 – 3 p.m.,  Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • DIY Hanging Lanterns Presented by the Sociology Department, 1 – 4 p.m., Mallory Lake Gazebo
          • Freeze Mental Health in its Tracks – Popsicles Provided by the Academic Success Center, 2 – 3 p.m., Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • Ask- Care-Escort (ACE) Trainings, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Pogue Student Center, Room 143
          • Ball Transfer Challenge Presented by ROTC, 4 – 6 p.m., Outside Dome
          • Therapy Dogs, 4 – 6:30 p.m., Outside Baron-Forness Library
          • Rock Painting Presented by the Social Work Department , 4 – 6 p.m., Mallory Lake Gazebo
          • Stress-Free Succulents Presented by University Programming Board and the Psychology Department, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Back Patio of Pogue Student Center
          • Tailgate Games Presented by Athletics, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Outside Dome
          • Raffle Giveaways, 7:30 p.m., Sox Harrison Stadium
          • S.O.S. Walk Presented by Communication Sciences and Disorders, 7:30 p.m., Sox Harrison Stadium