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College of Health Sciences

Mental Health Day

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College of Health Sciences

Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2825

Take A Mental Health Day 2018

Siluettes of people on WCU campus to promote mental health day awareness


It's Real: College Students and Mental Health

12:00 – 1:00 | Sykes Ballroom

“It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health”

It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is an AFSP-produced documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country. The film reveals depression and other mental health conditions as they are commonly experienced by young adults. It shows how students can seek help for these conditions and successfully manage them.

See the trailer here!

Enjoy Soft Pretzels and open discussion with facilitators.


From 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, visit with the THERAPY DOGS and resource tables from the WCU Counseling Center, the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force and others!


2:00 – 3:00 | Sykes Ballroom

Just Talk About It,” Minding Your Mind Presentation

This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educates young adults to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs in themselves and their peers. Just Talk About It covers the role of negative coping as it relates to crisis and leaves participants with an understanding and suggestions of positive coping. Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help. Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek immediate help.

A WCU alum will also share her personal story of mental health struggle in college.

 Jenna DiLossi, Psy.D., NCC, LPC



Suicide: The Ripple Effect


6:00 – 8:00 | Asplundh Theater, Philips Memorial Building

Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Kevin Hines documentary

This feature length documentary film and movement focuses on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal and stay alive. The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness.

ACT 48 & School Psychologist  |  2 Credits: LSW, LCSW, LMFT & LPC

West Chester University has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education (Section 47.36 (a)(1) ) for LSW and LCSW social workers, (Section 48.36(a)(1)) for LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and (Section 49.23(a)(1) for LPC, Licensed Professional Counselors by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

See the trailer Here!


  • 12:00 – 1:00
    “It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health”, Sykes Ballroom
  • 2:00 – 3:00
    Just Talk About It,” Minding Your Mind Presentation, Sykes Ballroom
  • 6:00 – 8:00
    Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Kevin Hines documentary, Asplundh Theater, Philips Memorial Building

It just made me realize that I share a lot of common experiences with my fellow classmates. We must get to know each other and our stories rather than judging on first glance.

- Student observation from Take a Mental Health Day

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