Psychology Club presenting Mental Illness Awareness Week

Release Date: 10/8/2013

Monday kicked off the University's annual Mental Illness Awareness Week, presented by the U of O Psychology Club and the psychology department.

Mental Illness Awareness WeekAll week long students will host informational sessions outside the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each day will have a different theme aimed at educating the campus about the realities of mental illness and mental health.

Other activities include a screening of Silver Linings Playbook, followed by a discussion on Monday, Oct. 7, and a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 8. There will also be a special prayer offered during Chapel on Wednesday morning. On Thursday afternoon, the Behavior Management Clinic will host an open house.

The University event is held in conjunction with National Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time established by Congress in 1990 to help raise awareness about mental illness, help end the stigma associated with the disease and encourage diagnosis and treatment.

A full schedule of events for the week is below, and everyone is encouraged to stop by the Psychology Club booth outside the cafeteria to learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
Presented by Ozarks Psychology Department & Psychology Club

Monday October 7th
11:00 – 1:00"Be Smart about Mental Illness" - outside the café
Almost everyone will be affected by mental illness in some way.
People can and do recover from mental illness. Learn the myths and facts about mental illness.
Pick up a "Smarties" for being smart about mental illness.

7:30 PMSilver Linings Playbook
Movie and Discussion in Smith-Broyles 129

Tuesday October 8th
11:00 – 1:00 "Don't Snicker at Mental Illness" - outside the café
Learn about stats on mental illnesses on college campuses. Grab a Snickers Bar.

7:30 PMCandlelight Vigil in front of Robson Library
Tuesday is "National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness"
Prayer and commemoration for those who have suffered or are suffering from mental illness.

Wednesday October 9th
11:00 AMPrayer for Individuals Suffering from Mental Illness – Chapel Service

12:00 PM – "Sleep is A Lifesaver" outside café
What are the benefits of sleep? What is a sleep disorder? Where can you get help for sleep disorders?
Stop by for a "Lifesaver" and learn about sleep disorders.

7:30 PM –"Senior Q&A"
Smith/Broyles 129
Discussion about mental health challenges that college students experience and resources for resiliency.
Also ask Psych Club Seniors all your questions.

Thursday October 10th
11:00 – 1:00 "Don't be Suckered into Stress" outside café
Learn about Stress Managements and services provided by the Behavior Management Clinic
Stop by for a sucker.

1:00 PM"Behavior Management Clinic Open House"
Learn about Stress Management and Relaxation Training - Voorhees Hall 113
Hunter Maggio, Director and Lakin Goss, Assistant Director of the BMC

Friday, October 11th
11:00 – 1:00 "Sour then Sweet" outside café
Learn about bipolar disorder and grab a package of Sour Patch Kids.