Stark County Collegiate Fair
To provide young adults all across Stark County the resiliency tools to handle every day challenges,
C&A is sponsoring their third annual Collegiate Fair to promote Self Care and
Positive Mental Health at Stark County's college and universities in October.
The goal is to bring increased awareness regarding mental health practices to college students and to
help them counter the anxiety and depression they may be feeling.
The Coleman Crisis Center will speak with young adults at partner schools on their services for students who are struggling emotionally and who may be considering harming themselves.
C&A’s Stark County Youth Led Prevention team will be providing handouts on living a substance free lifestyle.
StarkMHAR is a sponsor for this year's event and provided collateral for the self-care kits that willl be handed out to students.
Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health provided a grant for funding events at each campus.
Partnering schools for this important effort include Kent State University - Stark Campus, Malone University, the University of Mount Union, Walsh University and Stark State College.
Each participating school will be hosting C&A for three hours on a different day throughout October to bring important self-care tips to students on campus.
Below are examples of the Passkits Cards. There are multiple PassKit Cards on each topic: Your lifestyle, Your body, Your Mind, Relationships and Your Feelings.
The University of Mount Union 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 their social media channels.
Learning Self-Care through activities
Students who stop by the booth can also play Jenga. During the game, students will pull a block and read a positive saying while continuing to build the tower upwards, strengthening the foundation. When the one piece that is pulled out causes the foundation to crack and fall, the student will rely on tips they learned playing the game to rebuild the foundation.
Students will have the opportunity to do a make-and-take activity that includes a test tube bottle, water and glitter. Students can place water and glitter in the tube and shake-it-up. As the glitter is floating in the tube, students can view how easy it is for thoughts to be jumbled and unsettled. When the glitter settles to the bottom, and the water is clear, students can see over time that clearer, calmer thoughts lead to a better result.