UM to Hold Shine a Light on Mental Health Week

February 01, 2017

MISSOULA – The Student Involvement Network will host “Shine a Light on Mental Health Week” starting Monday, Feb. 13, at the University of Montana’s University Center.

The weeklong event is dedicated to eliminating stigma, raising awareness and providing information about mental health issues. The SIN, together with the Curry Health Center, the UM Active Minds student group and the National Alliance on Mental Health Missoula, will hold open discussions, trainings and activities, as well as displays and art pieces to help students and community members navigate the conversation and bring mental health issues “into the light.”

The week will contain an “unconference” dinner discussion on mental health, a memorial on the Oval for suicide victims, suicide-prevention training and more activities to inspire hope and positive change.

The schedule follows:

Monday, Feb. 13

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Activities in the UC Atrium, First Floor
  • 5-7 p.m. – Unconference Mental Health Discussion, The Branch Center, UC Second Floor

Tuesday, Feb. 14

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Activities in the UC Atrium, First Floor
  • 7-9 p.m. – Open Mic Night, The Branch Center, UC Second Floor

Wednesday, Feb. 15

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Activities in the UC Atrium, First Floor
  • 12-1 p.m. – Coffee with a Stranger, Campus Court (by Jus Chill’n), UC First Floor
  • 6-8 p.m. – Mental Health Ally Training (QPR Training), The Branch Center, UC Second Floor

Thursday, Feb. 16

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Activities in the UC Atrium, First Floor
  • 12-1 p.m. – Guided Mental Meditation, UC 333, Third Floor
  • 7-8 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Mayor John Engen, UC Theater, Third Floor

Friday, Feb. 17

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Open Debrief Discussion and Resource Fair, The Branch Center, Second Floor

Community groups also are encouraged to attend the week’s events or hold events of their own.

To learn more about the event, visit http://www.umt.edu/uc/student-involvement/shine-a-light/default.php . To become involved, call SIN Leadership Coordinator Tessa Feemster at 406-243-5622 or email tessa.feemster@mso.umt.edu.

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Contact: Tessa Feemster, UC SIN Leadership Coordinator, 406-243-5622, tessa.feemster@mso.umt.edu.