Two Days. Two Ways to Demonstrate Belonging.
On Monday, Oct. 10, St. John Fisher University held a campus-wide observance of World Mental Health Day.
Recognized around the world, the day aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma individuals face related to mental health concerns, and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
The Health and Wellness Center, JED Campus Task Force, Student Government Association, the Office of Campus Ministry, and URMC Employee Assistance Program hosted tables in the Donald E. Bain Campus Center atrium, handing out mental health awareness pins and stickers, as well as information on mental health resources.
The following day, Tuesday, Oct. 11, Fisher will also celebrate National Coming Out Day, showing support for those coming out as LGBTQ+. The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) will host a table in the atrium from noon to 2 p.m. Students can spin the wheel for a chance to win fun prizes.
“These are two very important days to recognize that we are allies in the inclusion of all students, employees, and visitors to our campus,” said Becky Kieffer ’96, LCSW-R, director of the Health and Wellness Center. “Mental health is health and our daily mental health is impacted by attitudes like the inclusion and acceptance of those in our community.”
Throughout the semester, the Health and Wellness Center will continue to focus campus attention on the physical, mental, and social-emotional health of campus through its Wellness Wednesdays, programming, and the medical and counseling services it offers.