Collaborative Campus Offices Raise Mental-Health Awareness
Counselor Kathryn A. Lehman assesses whether a student’s life is in balance, weighing healthy influences (proper nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise, for instance) – represented by blue stones on the scale – against more stressful factors.
Kristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist, asks a mental health-related question after a student takes a spin of the wheel.
Pamphlets on topics from suicide prevention to eating disorders line an information table in the Hager Lifelong Education Center lobby.
Counselor Jacklyn R. Leitzel supervises a student’s self-assessment.
Recognizing the devastating (and potentially life-threatening) impact that stress, anxiety and depression can have on the academic success of Penn College students, College Health Services and Counseling Services teamed for a variety of activities during Mental Health Awareness Week (Oct. 8-12). Information tables were set up across campus, Mental Health Fairs were held Tuesday outside the Keystone Dining Room and Capitol Eatery, screenings were offered, and counselors were available for private consultations.