Psychology Club sponsoring events for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Release Date: 10/9/2012

This week, Ozarks' psychology department and the university's Psychology Club will have events every day in honor of national Mental Illness Awareness Week.

John Nix, senior psychology major from Stamps, Ark. and president of the Psychology Club, organized Ozarks first Mental Illness Awareness Week last year. This year, he hopes to improve on last year's success.

"Last year was the first year we had any events on our campus. Psychology club is a smaller club, so for us to put on an event like this takes a lot of dedication from our members," Nix said.

Nix and the rest of the Psychology Club have worked hard to make this event impactful for Ozarks students.

"Our goal is to spread awareness of mental illness and to get rid of some of the stigma associated with having a mental illness. When people think of mental illness, they think of severe disorders like schizophrenia. There are many types of mental illness, and most people who have a mental illness lead normal functioning lives. We want to offer support for those people," Nix said.

Nix hopes to use Mental Illness Awareness Week as an opportunity to educate the campus community about the resources available both on campus and off to help students deal with everyday issues.

Every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the Psychology Club will have booth set up outside the cafeteria offering information, support, and sweet treats.

"We want to make sure students know where they can go to get help," Nix explained. "Monday night, we'll host 'College of the Overwhelmed' night. We'll feature Louis Aszod, a counselor here at Ozarks, as well as a counselor from Counseling Associates in Clarksville. They'll talk about typical college student issues and how to get help handling them."

The week's events also include a demonstration by the student-led Behavior Management Clinic. Nix, who was director of the Behavior Management Clinic last year, has first-hand knowledge of all they have to offer.

"The Behavior Management Clinic can help with stress reduction, relaxation training, and bio-feedback. Before I got involved with the Behavior Management Clinic last year, I was skeptical of how effective relaxation training could be. After seeing the results of my own bio-feedback monitors after one relaxation session, I was convinced," Nix said.

The Behavior Management Clinic will be hosting an open house and a demonstration on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Below is a schedule of events for the entire week.

Mental Illness Awareness Week