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Mental Health Awareness Month

The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Colorado Mesa University’s Diversity, Advocacy and Health Office is sponsoring mental health first aid training for faculty and staff during the month of May. This training will teach employees to help others seek mental health resources and support them in that decision.

Nationally, the need for mental health services on college campuses continues to grow. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
• One in four Americans experience mental illness in a year.
• One in 17 Americans experience serious mental illness.
• Among 15-24 year olds, suicide is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
• More than 90 percent of the people who die from suicide have some form of mental illness.
• Each day, about 22 veterans die from suicide.

Despite these large numbers, the most effective way to treat mental health is by focusing on one person at a time. An email invitation to the training will be sent out in late April.

At CMU, all full- and part-time students are offered mental health services through Behavioral Clinical Services (BCS), an agency located across the street from the main campus at 1112 Belford Ave. As part of CMU’s partnership with BCS, students may see a licensed counselor for up to six sessions for a copay of $5 per session. Financial hardships may be appealed to the Student Services Office. BCS offers both day and evening appointments to accommodate students’ schedules, and is on-call 24/7 for crises and emergencies. For more information about BCS, or to make an appointment, call 970.241.6500.

The Western Slope chapter of NAMI is hosting a walk on May 17 at the beautiful Western Colorado Botanic Gardens. Teams can register at namiws.org.

If you would like more information about how to get involved with promoting diversity, advocacy and health at CMU, please contact me at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu, extension 1765, or stop by Albers Hall. •

A column by Danny Sandoval

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