By Ryan Cahill
After the tragedy in Parkland, Fla., the topic of mental health in the United States has come up again.
Mental health has always been a sensitive subject in our country, especially in the aftermath of tragedies.
But here at ESU, there is a club with the goal of offering a haven for students regarding the sensitive issue of mental health.
The Active Minds club desires to remove the social stigma that surrounds mental illness, encourage students to seek help and to educate them where they can find resources.
Active Minds holds club events to create a comfortable setting to discuss how our mental health culture impacts college campuses throughout the US. The Active Minds club meets in Stroud Hall 118 on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
The club encourages anyone who believes that they have some sort of illness to seek the club for information and help.
“One of the most common reasons is because some people feel afraid or ashamed to reach out. We want students to know that they should not have to feel like that; mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s important to practice self-care,” said Raquel Sosa, the President of Active Minds.
Their next event is The Mind and Body Fair, being held at the Sci-Tech lobby on Thursday, March 1.
The fair will encourage students to participate in activities to learn about eating disorders and promote body positivity. The event will be accompanied with free prizes and a chocolate fountain.
On April 19, 2018, the Active Minds club will also be hosting a Day Without Stress from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Sci-Tech lawn, or Sci-Tech lobby if weather implements the event. This event will help students unwind from the stress of finals with ice cream, therapy, free massages and more.
For more information on the Active Minds club, you can contact them through firstname.lastname@example.org
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