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Week of Campus Activities Cultivates Mental Health Awareness

mental-health-awareness-week.jpgGreenville University is pleased to announce its first Mental Health Awareness Week, October 5-10, 2020. Featured activities include talks and panel discussions with mental health experts, a mental health fair, special speakers in GU’s Chapel and Vespers services, a showing of the movie “Inside Out,” and more.

From Hopeless to Empowered

A.J. French, president of Gift of Voice and facilitator with the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) will kick off the week with a special chapel address.

“There was a time when it was all I could do to just get out of bed and make it through another day,” recalls A.J. “My life seemed to be spinning out of control and I felt helpless to change it.” 

But then gradually, and with help, A.J. moved from hopeless to empowered. 

“I now have a specific plan that helps me achieve a lifestyle of wellness. I guess you could say that I have recovered . . . I want others to experience the same hope and recovery that I have found.” 

Pets, Peace, Physical Health and Mental Wellness

Wednesday’s Mental Health Fair promises something for everyone throughout campus, including:

  • Scott Field – Take a break with the dogs and other emotional support animals
  • Whitlock steps – Prayer, spirituality and mental health
  • Volleyball court – Get active with GU’s resident directors
  • Burritt fire pit – Happy Vibes Station featuring music, art, and coloring
  • LaDue Auditorium – Physical health and mental well-being with Coach George Barber and  Professor of Sport Management Doug Faulkner
  • Back of library – Academic advising and mental health with Brittany Lopez
  • Whitlock yard – Meditation and yoga with Rebecca Buehrer

Students Lead the Way

Students have led the way planning and organizing this special week. Events throughout the week include: 

Monday, October 5
9:30 AM Chapel with A.J. French
8 PM Mental Health Expert Panel @ Upper Union

Tuesday, October 6
3:30 PM Ted Talk @ Jo's Java
8 PM Movie "Inside Out" @ Scott Field

Wednesday, October 7
9:30 AM Chapel with Professor Rich Beans
4:30-7PM Dinner & Mental Health Fair @ Scott Field

Thursday, October 8
9:30 PM Stories of Mental Health @ Vespers 

Friday, October 9
9:30 AM Mental Health Small Groups @ Various

Saturday, October 10
World Mental Health Day 2020

Sponsors for GU’s Mental Health Awareness Week include GU’s Residence Life StaffGSGAPSI CHI(International Honor Society in Psychology), GU’s Social Work Club, and GU Chapel.

For more information contact Director of Experiential Learning Danara Moore at [email protected] or Will Sunderland at [email protected].

This story was published on September 30, 2020

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