Whereas there are nonetheless occasions being deliberate for Pitt’s October celebration of Psychological Well being Consciousness Month, organized by Pupil Authorities in cooperation with greater than 15 scholar organizations, Eva Steele, vice-chair of the Psychological Well being Pupil Coalition, stated psychological well being sources are at all times out there and consciousness may be raised year-round.
“Psychological well being is one thing that may have an effect on you on a regular basis and I believe you will need to perceive that there are at all times sources which can be out there all year-round for college students to make use of and never only for Psychological Well being Consciousness Month,” Steele stated.
Regardless of the nationwide Mental Health Awareness Month falling within the month of Could, Pitt celebrates in October when most college students are on campus. Steele stated it’s tough coping with the change in atmosphere throughout college breaks, and the College acknowledging college students’ psychological well being throughout this time aside is particularly necessary.
“Through the summer season months, once more, Pitt ought to let folks know that we’re nonetheless there for them. Keep robust with the message that psychological well being is one thing that’s going to have an effect on you and it doesn’t need to essentially be tied to lecturers,” Steele, a junior social work main, stated. “Whether or not or not you’re on break there must be that consistency by way of the College that psychological well being goes to have an effect on you on a regular basis, and it’s one thing we will all work on.”
Kamakashi Sharma, a senior neuroscience main and president of Pitt Active Minds — a peer-based psychological well being advocacy group — stated it’s more practical to host Psychological Well being Consciousness Month in October.
“We host Psychological Well being Consciousness Month in October as a result of that’s when college students can really expertise the complete month throughout a semester,” Sharma stated. “Usually throughout campuses and throughout the nation they do have a good time it extra throughout Could, however nobody’s on campus throughout Could.”
Pupil Affairs spokesperson Janine Fisher stated all college students are inspired to make use of the sources supplied by the University Counseling Center, together with group counseling, wellness workshops and particular person teletalk hours.
“At Pitt, we consider that scholar well-being is an ongoing and shared accountability of our complete neighborhood,” Fisher stated. “Through the nationally noticed Psychological Well being Consciousness Month and all year long, we name on our neighborhood to ‘Seize the Awkward’ and have conversations with our pals and family members about their well-being, share with one another resources and services provided by the University Counseling Center (UCC) and proceed to deal with ourselves.”
Danielle Floyd, a member of SGB, stated the College has been doing an ideal job at serving to college students really feel extra supported by rising entry to psychological well being sources, particularly throughout the previous 12 months with the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
“This has been a extremely powerful 12 months for folks — folks misplaced jobs, folks misplaced relations and other people misplaced profession alternatives,” Floyd, final 12 months’s chair of the wellness committee, stated. “I believe now greater than ever, college students must really feel supported, and I believe the Counseling Heart has been doing their best possible to be extra seen to college students and deconstructing the stigmas that stop college students from using their completely different companies.”
Floyd, a junior economics main, stated the principle purpose of Psychological Well being Consciousness Month is to remind folks to deal with their well-being.
“The purpose of Psychological Well being Consciousness Month is to attempt to get college students who often don’t suppose or pay a lot consideration to their very own psychological well being, and attempt to get them to study to work together with the occasions that we’ve got all through the month, to allow them to be outfitted with abilities and a help system they’ll make the most of year-round,” Floyd stated.
Floyd stated the pandemic has made this previous 12 months particularly tough for folks, which has made each the College and college students mirror on the Pitt neighborhood’s well-being and coping abilities.
“I believe this 12 months, significantly, has compelled like ourselves and the College to reexamine how we go about interacting, getting groups to work together with completely different psychological sources and getting them to be engaged in discussions round psychological well being,” Floyd stated.
Steele stated she hopes college students perceive that, regardless of not being on campus, there are nonetheless some ways for them to succeed in out, particularly by way of using social media.
“One factor that we use rather a lot is social media and so it’s undoubtedly useful to see a corporation, posting one thing about the truth that they nonetheless have sources out there and having that present up in your feed, to assist reassure you that you just’re not left behind simply since you’ve left campus,” Steele stated.