Mental Health Wellness Week

Ariel Sierra – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer
Mental Health Wellness Week is celebrated nationally. This year it is being celebrated Nov. 16 through the 22.

Although the week is not prevalent on campus, mental health affects many college students.

According to nami.org, “1 in 4 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness.”

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 with stress were not accounted for, which also contributes greatly to mental health.

The Wellness Resource Center provides MU students with resources to help cope with stress. Their most popular tool is the Relaxation Station, which is a massage chair. They also provide students with pamphlets, and have connections to other departments on campus to help students cope with mental issues. One of the main departments they are partnered with is the Counseling Center. The Center provides students with free counseling.
The most important part of improving mental health is getting professional help.

“Our mental health is just like our physical health. They are really no different,” said Kim Dude, Head of The Wellness Resource Center.

Another important part of improving mental health is getting guidance from friends.

“What our research has found, when a student is having trouble emotionally or mentally they almost always go to a friend first,” said Dude.

The University has set up a website called “asklistenrefer.org”. The site quickly trains students on how to help friends who are going through emotional or mental troubles.

Students are encouraged to stop by the Wellness Resource Center, if they have any questions regarding mental health.

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