SOS Week

Date

September 26-30

Location

Georgia Southern University Campus

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Stomp Out Stigma week is a week dedicated to decreasing stigma towards mental illness on campus. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of college students who dropped out in the past five years attributed their decision to mental illness. Furthermore, approximately 1 in 4 college students struggle with a mental illness, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals 15-24 years of age. The goal of SOS Week is to create and encourage conversation among college students around mental health and the mental health resources available to them on and off campus.

Schedule

Monday, September 26th

Kickoff
Rotunda, 11am-1pm
This kickoff event will include several interactive activities to help students embrace their emotional well-being as well as many giveaways. Meet our Counselors, take Selfie’s or drop your worries in our “worry box”.

3 Brothers, 2 Suicides, 1 story of perseverance
Russell Union Ballroom, 7pm
Our speaker, Dennis Gillan, is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story of perseverance & recovery. After years of silence regarding the suicide deaths of his two brothers, Dennis is sharing his story of survival. He will talk about how he got back on his feet one day at a time.

Tuesday, September 27th

Day of Silence
All Day
Did you know 1100 college students are lost each year to suicide? Wear a button pledging to represent one of those 1100 to bring awareness to this preventable death. Buttons will be distributed at the kickoff and speaker event on Monday. Students wearing the buttons should pledge to be silent for the day during extracurricular activities. Contact wellness@georgiasouthern.edu if you would like to wear a button.

Fresh Check Day
Williams Center Multipurpose Room, 10am-2pm
Fresh Check Day is the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF). JPF works closely with colleges to plan and implement Fresh Check Day in an effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. It is a celebratory fair-like event that includes: Interactive expo booths, Peer-to-peer messaging, Free food and Exciting prizes and giveaways! One student will win a 32” screen T.V.

Tell Someone: Bystander Intervention Workshop
Russell Union 2041, 5:30pm
What would you do if you witnessed an act of hate, injustice, substance abuse or sexual assault? You can be a HERO by being an active bystander. Speak up, Tell Someone when you witness a fellow Eagle struggle and be confident doing so.

Wednesday, September 28th

Sleep Fair
Russell Union, 10am-2pm
We are striving to raise awareness around sleep’s importance as well as help students create better sleep habits and improve nearly every aspect of their lives. We hope to highlight sleep’s benefits (and lack of side effects), and spotlight sleep’s power as the ultimate performance enhancer.

Worry-Free Wednesday
Russell Union, 10am-2pm
Re-visit a time when life was less stressful, your childhood. We will help you relieve your stress with coloring, play-dough, therapy dogs and more. Make sure to get your “Check Up from the Neck Up” and learn your risk of anxiety and depression with our National Depression Day Screening tool.

Tell Someone: Bystander Intervention Workshop
Russell Union 2041, 5:30pm
What would you do if you witnessed an act of hate, injustice, substance abuse or sexual assault? You can be a HERO by being an active bystander. Speak up, Tell Someone when you witness a fellow Eagle struggle and be confident doing so.

Friday, September 30th

Dive-In Movie
RAC Indoor Pool, 9pm
What better way to improve your mental health than a healthy dose of social wellness. Grab your closest friends, we’ll supply floats, and float while you watch Ghostbusters 2 on our inflatable big screen. You can watch the movie on the pool deck as well.

Last updated: 1/30/2017

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