The Loras Health Center and Breaking the Silence are pairing up next week to showcase Mental Illness Awareness Week with different events on and off campus. Mental Illness Awareness Week will be taking place at Loras from Monday, Oct. 12, to Saturday, Oct. 16.
The week is a national observance, but Loras is not using the same dates as the national week because we were celebrating homecoming instead! Instead, Loras will be observing the week this coming week with our own events. There will be free mental health screenings in the Health Center Lobby on Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is am opportunity to learn more about mental health and to do it for free.
The Health Center and Breaking the Silence will then be pairing with the women’s volleyball team on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at their Think Pink night, a game dedicated to women’s health. There will be representatives present from the Health Center, Breaking the Silence and multiple organizations from the greater Dubuque community who are dedicated to improving women’s health, both mental and physical.
On Wednesday, speaker Jon Jorgenson, sponsored by Student Senate, will be speaking in the ACC Ballrooms from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 15, Breaking the Silence will be tabling outside the cafeteria with give aways, information and apparel.
Then, in closing to the week, the Health Center and Breaking the Silence are promoting the Out of Darkness Suicide Walk on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Ponds Bergfeld Recreation Area Trail.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is a time for campus to be cognizant of the challenges that those with mental illness face each and every day, and the reminder that the negative stigmas surrounding mental illness should be broken down. Mental health affects everyone in some way, whether that is a personal connection with an illness, or knowing and supporting someone who is coping with a mental illness, no one remains unaffected.
We all know of someone or multiple persons with mental illness and we are working toward creating a safe and welcoming environment to open up and talk about the challenges that mental illness poses, and to become a support system for those affected. Duhawks supporting Duhawks.