Lindenwood University-Belleville will host its first Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 8-12. The event is presented by the Student Counseling and Resource Center, an on-campus office committed to aiding students in reaching their academic and personal goals through holistic counseling methods.
Mental Health Awareness Week will feature a variety of activities that will aid attendees in learning new ways to tend to their own mental health. The event is designed to advocate for better recognition of mental health by engaging students, faculty, and staff in a variety of topics of discussion.
Assistant Director of the Student Counseling and Resource Shannon Lickenbrock said it is progressively becoming more important to challenge preconceived notions regarding mental health, which this event aims to do.
“We hope attendees gain a better understanding of how to take care of their own mental health while learning about what resources are available to them,” said Lickenbrock. “Millions of individuals live with a mental health condition, and we want attendees to realize that their mental health is just as important as their physical health.”
Activities will be held every day of the week with the schedule as follows: Monday at 8-10 a.m. will be Coffee with a Cop in Matt’s Café, and Chalk Out Stigma follows in the Quad and outside of Lynx area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday opens with Smash Stigma: LGBTQIA & Mental Health in the Dixon Lobby from 10:30-1:30 p.m.; Dixon Overflow will host Dog Therapy from 11:30 to1:30; and Yoga in the Sunken Garden will be at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Guided Meditation Sessions will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the SCRC, and in the Quad, a De-Stress Fest will be held from 10 to 2 p.m. Thursday features a Suicide Awareness: Empty Chair Display in Dixon Overflow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a special presentation at noon. Friday rounds out the week of events with a Rollover Simulator running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Schumacher Parking Lot, a Drunk Goggles Obstacle Course from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rec Gym, and in Dixon Overflow a “What is Consent?” program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In addition to the efforts of the Student Counseling Resource Center, Mental Health Awareness Week is presented in conjunction with community partners and on-campus clubs and organizations. Off-campus collaborators include the Belleville Police Department, Call for Help Inc., the Illinois State Police, and the St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliance.
On-campus participation is provided by the Black Student Union, Campus Activities Board, Criminal Justice Club, Lindenwood Student Government Association, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Pride Coalition, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, Athletics Department, Department of Public Safety, and Student Development and Resource Center.
The events are free for attendees and open to currently enrolled students, alumni, faculty, and staff. For additional information, contact Lickenbrock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Counseling Resource Center at (618) 239-6161.