Every year, 1 in 5 U.S. adults struggle from mental illness, and this statistic only continues to increase. For the past four years during the month of October, Syracuse University has shown its support for those who are struggling from mental illness.
This year proved to be more successful with the opening of the brand new Barnes Center at the Arch. The Syracuse University Student Association was able to put on many events such as a Mental Crossroads Panel, Guided Meditation, and a Stop the Stigma Concert to close out the week.
While some viewed this week as a success, Alexia Rodrigues, a sophomore who struggles with depression and anxiety, feels this week of celebration is just a start, and that the school needs to do more.
Syracuse University’s goal during this Mental Health Awareness Week was to show people it is OK to not be OK, and that it is never frowned upon to talk about your issues. The University also wanted to make students aware that there are plenty of resources they can use to help in their mental health journey.