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DU community breaks down walls surrounding mental health


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A photographic collection concerning mental health awareness on college campuses.

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DU community breaks down walls surrounding mental health

  1. 1. Fresh Check Day was an event put on by various groups on campus to bring awareness to mental health and resources in college. The American Psychological Association says 95 percent of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern.
  2. 2. Inside Driscoll Bridge at the University of Denver, students leave notes to encourage each other and those struggling with mental and psychological health issues.
  3. 3. Senior Peyten Sanger volunteered at Fresh Check Day, promoting sexual assault awareness. This issue was part of the event because sexual assault strongly relates to mental health. According to the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, rape victims were 13 times more likely than non- crime victims to have attempted suicide.
  4. 4. Leisha Chiles is a Graduate Student for the DU Suicide Prevention Project which aims to decrease suicide attempts through awareness and support.
  5. 5. “We want students to be aware of our services. We want people to know us and know that we’re not scary people. We’re approachable, we’re here to help,” said Anand Desai, a psychologist and the Group & Outreach Coordinator at the Health and Counseling Center.
  6. 6. Students walk towards the Ritchie Center, which houses resources for both physical and mental wellness. According to the National Institute of Health, aerobic exercises have been show to reduce depression and anxiety.
  7. 7. According to a survey done by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64 percent of people who drop out of college in the US leave due to mental health related reasons. The Health and Counseling Center provides students with mental health services.
  8. 8. “I'm very grateful I'm getting help,” said third year media studies major Claire Whitnah in reference to her own mental health journey.
  9. 9. The nine out of 10 booth at Fresh Check Day is based on the fact that one out of 10 students will seriously consider suicide. The purpose is to teach students how to be one of the nine that could reach out to an individual who is struggling.
  10. 10. Posters around campus demonstrate how students show their support for friends in unhealthy relationships. As prolonged unhealthy relationships can contribute to serious mental health issues, the posters encourage seeking professional help in these situations.
  11. 11. Students receive massages to relax and help alleviate the stress of college at Fresh Check Day, an event promoting mental wellness.
  12. 12. Inside psychologist Anand Desai’s office, where he hosts counseling sessions for students.
  13. 13. Students painted an encouraging message to an oppressed group on the free speech wall.