UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In partnership with the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, Active Minds, CAPS, and others, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) is proud to announce that Mental Health and Wellness Week will return for the week of November 10. The week raises awareness and support for mental health issues through various events on campus.
Former Broadway talent Amber Krzys kicks off the week with talk about body image and self-degradation in Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Krzys started bodyheart in 2008, an educational outreach program that seeks to combat the causes that lead to poor body image.
CEO of the Human Power Project and author Ross Szabo will speak at Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday about depression amongst college students as well as alcohol’s effects on mental health. Szabo has spoken to more than one million students about the significance of mental health, and has received the Removing the Stigma Leadership Award and the Changing Minds Award for his advocacy work.
Two panels will be held throughout the week to discuss mental health issues. The first will take place in 129A HUB at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and will cover stress and anxiety. The second panel will discuss alcohol and substance abuse, and will take place in 302 HUB at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Students will have the opportunity to pose questions to mental health professionals anonymously at both events.
In addition, there will be tabling in the HUB from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the entire week to hand out flyers and distribute information on available resources within the community. Lastly, there will be continuous raffles for different items throughout the week.
Here is the full list of events for Mental Health and Wellness Week:
Monday, November 10: Eating Disorders & Body Image:
-Amber Krzys in Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11: Stress, Anxiety & PTSD:
-Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony on Old Main Lawn at 11:00 a.m.
-Student Panel in 129A/B HUB at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12: Suicide & Depression:
-Ross Szabo in Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 13: Substance Abuse & Addiction:
-“The Truth About Suicide” Film Showing in HUB Auditorium at 12:00 p.m.
-Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) Panel in 302 HUB at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 14: Resiliency (Stick it to Stigma):
-Tabling in HUB at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please email upuaPR@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the week’s events.