SOS Week 2016

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Stomp Out Stigma Week is quickly approaching! Our annual mental health awareness week is as strong as ever with a lineup of events that will be sure to make an impact on the Eagle Nation.  According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 34.  While college can be an exciting time for any student, it isn’t a surprise to hear about the stressful experiences that we all face as a result.  In fact, almost one in three college students will experience a mental illness while in school. Unfortunately, few of those students will ever seek help due to a number of factors, including fear of judgment from others.

Stomp Out Stigma Week is designed to spark conversation around mental health on our campus.  We may not have the choice of experiencing a mental illness, but we do have the choice of how we perceive mental illnesses and how to treat those who may live with one. Check out the list of events below to learn more about how YOU can stomp out the stigma associated with mental health and encourage others to join the fight.

MONDAY, SEPT. 26TH

SOS Week Kick-off | Rotunda | 11AM – 1PM

Come and join us for the kick-off event for SOS Week at the Russell Union! Students will have the chance to sign a pledge to battle stigma towards mental health, interact with Health Services at their life-sized stress relief activity, and meet our counselors and learn more about services offered at the Counseling Center. There will be games, giveaways, music, and more!

SOS Week Speaker: Dennis Gillan | RU Ballroom | Doors close at 7PM

Three brothers, two suicides, and one story – our speaker, Dennis Gillan, is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story of perseverance & recovery. After years of silence regarding the suicide deaths of his two brothers, Dennis is sharing his story of survival. He will talk about how he got back on his feet one day at a time. Attendance verification will be available at the end of the program.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27TH

Day of Silence | Campus-Wide | All Day

Did you know 1100 college students are lost each year to suicide? Wear a button pledging to represent one of those 1100 students to raise awareness about this preventable death. Buttons will be distributed at the kickoff and speaker event on Monday. Students wearing the buttons should pledge to be silent for the day during extracurricular activities.

Fresh Check Day | William’s Center | 10AM – 2PM

Want a chance to win a 32-inch screen TV? Come check out Fresh Check Day! Fresh Check Day is the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF). JPF works closely with colleges to plan and implement Fresh Check Day in an effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. It is a celebratory fair-like event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, and exciting prizes and giveaways!

Tell Someone: Bystander Intervention Workshop | RU 2041 | 5:30PM

Learn how to intervene potentially dangerous situations with the University Wellness Program Director, Michele Martin. Students will be able to find out more information about the resources offered on campus in order to help them, as well as friends, through times of need.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28TH

Sleep Fair | Russell Union | 10AM – 2PM

It’s no secret that sleep is hard to come by in college. Learn the importance of sleep and how it affects your gpa, mental health, and relationships. Students will be able to gain tips on how to prioritize their sleep schedules. There will be great giveaways, music, games, and more!

Worry-Free-Wednesday | Russell Union | 10AM -2PM

Join the Wellness Ambassadors as they provide stress-relieving activities to help you cope with challenging homework assignments, relationships, finances, and more! Activities may include making stress balls, playing with the Statesboro Therapy Dogs, coloring, and other activities. This is a drop-in style event.

Tell Someone: Bystander Intervention Workshop | RU 2041 | 5:30PM

See the description above.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH

Dive-In Movie: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call | RAC Aquatics Pool | 9PM

What  better way to improve your mental health than a healthy dose of social wellness? You bring your friends, and we’ll bring the floaties. Chill out in the pool, or even on the pool deck, while watching the newest Ghostbusters on our inflatable big screen.

Let’s start talking about mental health.

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