September 14, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
About 150 students attended the Mount’s recent Emotional Wellness Fair over the course of the event, which was hosted by the college’s Counseling Services.
Mount Saint Mary College students learned how to keep themselves healthy and happy recently at the Emotional Wellness Fair, hosted by the college’s Counseling Services.
“We wanted to do something early in the semester that would connect students to resources on and off campus – something fun and interactive,” explained Orin Strauchler, assistant dean of Student Support Services and director of counseling. “Each station has a specific purpose. There is a takeaway lesson from every activity today.”
Activities included expressive art projects, exercises to help students identify how they are thinking and feeling, ways to explore spirituality, delving into exercise and athletics, and more.
“Physical health is very much something you can see,” said Strauchler. “But with mental wellness and emotional wellness, that’s not something we often stop to think about. Sometimes we’re in such a rush, and we don’t stop to think, ‘How am I feeling? Am I talking care of myself?’ If we don’t draw attention to it, we forget about it.”
Strauchler added that sometimes, there is a stigma surrounding mental health issues and seeking help for them. Another goal of the event was to reduce such misconceptions, he said.
“We want students to know that it’s okay to talk about their feelings and it’s okay to reach out for help, and to help each other,” he said.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Emotional Wellness Fair was one of several planned activities at the college for September.
Counseling Services is a part of the Student Support Center at the Mount, which is comprised of the Office of Student Success, Counseling Services, Disability Services, and the Higher Education Opportunity Program. The mission of the Student Support Center is to provide collaborative support services that empower students to become successful in their personal and academic lives.