Appalachian offers year-round programming on mental health awareness, self-care and suicide prevention

One in four young adults struggle with a mental health problem, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). To serve them and reduce stigmas around mental health for all students, Appalachian State University offers year-round programming that addresses mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

“Maintaining mental wellness is an everyday challenge, and we strive to provide multiple opportunities for students to make mental health a priority and make self-care a habit,” said Elisabeth Cavallaro, coordinator for student mental wellness in the Department of Wellness and Prevention Services.

Among those opportunities is the annual Semicolon Week. A semicolon symbolizes the resilient choice that someone experiencing mental struggles makes to continue living their story, instead of ending their story.

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Originally published Feb. 27, 2019.