It’s been pushed time and time again. Words like COVID-19, lockdown, masks, pandemic and social distancing has been floating around on the internet and in the news for months. No wonder that amidst all of 2020’s craziness, depression and anxiety cases are rising significantly according to some newer studies.
To help young people all across Stark County combat the challenges facing society these days, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) will be sponsoring their second annual Collegiate Fair about Self Care and Mental Health at colleges and universities across Stark County over the next few weeks. The goal is to bring increased awareness regarding mental health practices to college students and to help them combat the anxiety and depression they may be feeling.
Many organizations and schools have come together to help C&A in their mission.
The Coleman Crisis Center will work to provide in-person and virtual presentations at the partnering schools on their services for students who are struggling emotionally who may be considering harming themselves. Stark Help Central will provide information on suicide prevention to the students. Amy Starkey from Yoga-2-Go in South Carolina has also provided C&A with educational mindfulness exercise videos to share with the students. C&A’s Stark County Youth Led Prevention team will also be providing handouts on living a substance free lifestyle. Additionally, the University of Mount Union, the newest school to participate in Collegiate Week with C&A, has offered their radio station WRMU as a way to reach UMU students with mental health messaging through public service announcements (PSA). These PSA’s will be available for other partner schools to share on social media channels. Each school is coming together to create a unity video to share on social media platforms regarding what is mental health and what does mental health look and feel like.
Sponsors for these campus events include Stark Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) and the Ohio Program for College Safety and Mental Health provided a grant.
Partnering schools for this important effort include Kent State Stark, Malone University, Walsh University, the University of Mount Union and Stark State College. Each participating school will be hosting C&A for three hours on a different day throughout October and November to bring mindfulness back to the campus.
A self-care kit with a journal, bubbles, tea, hand sanitizing wipes and motivational message cards will be available for every student that stops by the C&A booth on campus. The kits remind students of small, everyday tangible things they can do to help reduce their stress and anxiety while also practicing today’s new safety protocols.
Students who wish to participate will also have access to Amy Starkey’s mindfulness videos, Motivational Messages cards and Tips and Tricks info sheets that cover many topics from time management and ways to reduce stress to maintaining positive mental health while socially distancing and healthy eating and exercise practices.
* For more information on the services C&A offers, please call 330-433-6075.