Ohio Northern University Pharmacy Students Present Mental Health Week
Ohio Northern University will present its first Mental Health Week from April 4-9. The goal of the week is to break the stigma that surrounds mental illness through various campus-wide activities that are open to students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.
The weeklong series will be hosted by a number of student pharmacy organizations, including Rho Chi, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, Academy of Student Pharmacists, Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and Kappa Epsilon.
The week begins with a health fair in the McIntosh Activities Center on Monday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tables at the fair will address topics related to drug addiction, stress, general mental disorders like depression and anxiety, the counseling center, and the health center. Attendees are encouraged to obtain information on mental illness that may help themselves or someone they know who is struggling.
A representative from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will discuss their experiences with mental illness in the Dicke Forum on Wednesday, April 6, from 5-6 p.m.
The week concludes with “Light up the Night,” an evening walk of remembrance that will begin on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. The walk starts at ONU’s mud volleyball courts and will continue around the campus walking track. At the conclusion of the walk, attendees will be given glow-in-the-dark balloons on which names of individuals who are or were affected by mental illness can be written. All balloons will be released at the end of the walk.
Registration for the walk is $10 and includes a "Light up the Night" T-shirt. Students also are asking for donations to support the local NAMI Hope Alliance in Lima, Ohio. Interested individuals can register to attend or make donations online at https://payment.onu.edu/C21185_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=99.
All Mental Health Week events are free and open to the public.