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Mental Health Awareness Day - Stamp Out Stigma! Event Oct. 18

2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Day at MCTC

Stamp Out Stigma! on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sponsored by MCTC’s Student Support Center & Diversity Office

Although an estimated 44 million adults experience mental illness in America in a given year, almost half do not seek treatment according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Stigma still discourages people from getting the help they need despite improvements made in science and education. It is time to Stamp Out Stigma related to mental illness once and for all!

As a means to Stamp Out Stigma on our own campus, MCTC students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the following events. All programs are free and open to the public.

Presentation: A clinicians’ perspective on how mental illness is perceived by the African American community as well as East and West African communities by Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., L.P.

10–11 a.m.
H.1002, Multipurpose Room

Dr. BraVada Garrett-AkinsanyaDr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya is a nationally recognized licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience who has written, presented, and consulted extensively in the areas of diversity, developmental psychology, multiculturalism, severe psychopathology and African-American mental health. As the Executive Director of the African American Child Wellness Institute, a children's mental health agency dedicated to the research, delivery and coordination of comprehensive wellness strategies for children of African descent, Dr. Garrett-Akinsanya is also known for her development of the strength-based ecological "African-Centered Wellness Model" for assisting children, adults, couples, and families in the development of healthy relationships. She is especially effective with clients whose lives have been touched by severe psychopathology, abuse, trauma, sexual assault, as well as community and domestic violence.

Raffle prize to be awarded!

Mental Health Agency Resource Fair

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Helland Lobby, 1st Floor

Visit with local mental health agencies who will be on campus to provide information about their services. Remember, knowing about and accessing resources is key.

Refreshments served and raffle prize to be awarded!

Mental Health Screening

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Students may participate in this screening due to personal concerns or simply to become familiar with this tool which looks at the areas of depression, generalized anxiety, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Being proactive about your mental health is the right thing to do.

Raffle prize to be awarded!

Open Mic: Stamp Out Stigma/Breaking Down Walls at the Mic

12–2 p.m.
H.1002, Multipurpose Room

Students are encouraged to stop by and share art (be it poetry, song, etc.) related to the topic of mental health. Personal stories are encouraged.

For more information, please contact the Student Support Center at 612-659-6709.