PRESENTATION: Understanding Mental Health - Breaking the Stigma and Freeing Those Suffering in Silence
Why are more students than ever before experiencing serious mental health issues and yet the majority of them aren’t seeking help? According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, an estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older live with a diagnosable mental health complication. With that being said, 18-24 year olds show the lowest rate of help-seeking behavior, which is why suicide is the second-leading cause of death amongst that age range.
This is a serious issue and yet the majority of people on college campuses still aren’t talking about it. Mental health continues to be brushed under the rug and students are left to suffer in silence. This is because there is still a huge stigma that surrounds mental health and it needs to be broken.
The intent of this workshop is to erase the stigma and normalize mental health conditions by educating and sharing my story with as many college students as possible. In addition to that, the goal will be to encourage college students to seek help early, rather than waiting or not seeking help at all. This workshop is a great introduction to the topic of mental health. It allows students to examine their current thoughts and feelings about mental health, while offering a clear definition for them to build a positive foundation of understanding. The first step in getting someone to access help is by normalizing it and demonstrating it is acceptable.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Summarize what depression and anxiety are.
2. List the causes of depression and anxiety.
3. Apply various techniques they can immediately implement to increase a healthy mind.
4. Leverage resources that they can use to help themselves or others in a time of need.
Call to Action:
Challenge each student to recognize mental health as a normal part of society and to seek help when necessary
Intended audience: fraternity members, sorority members, college students