This page focuses on our trainings and education intiatives to increase visibility and understanding on UNC's campus and beyond

2013-2014 Trainings

This year we recruited new facilitators and trained them using a brand new curriculum developed by Stephanie Nieves, our Director of Facilitation. Facilitators new and old led a total of 15 trainings attended by over 200 students and community members.


In addition, we hosted special trainings for: 

- Scholars Latino Initiative


- UNC Neurocare 

- Carolina Kickoff

- Olde Campus Upper Quad Community 

- Catalyst Conferece

Intersecting Identities: African American Mental Health

On March 25, 2014, Rethink: Psychiatric Illness, UNC Black Student Movement, and UNC Nupes joined together to host a conversation on African American Mental Health and the relationship between racism, oppression and mental illnesses with UNC psychology graduate student Shawn Jones.

Spring 2013 Trainings

After spending the Fall reviewing the Rethink training curriculum using feedback from our pilot program and training 9 new facilitators, we held 6 trainings in the Spring of 2013. Over 100 students attended and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. 


In addition, we presented special trainings, lectures, and presentations for: 

- Scholars Latino Initiative

- Prof. Nicole Fenton's "Abonormal Psychology" Course 

- UNC's Panhellenic Council 

ECU Training 

We had such a great time presenting to graduate students from the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University on November 16, 2013. A huge thanks to the Student Addictions and Rehabilitation Association at ECU for inviting us!



Rethink Pilot Training

Rethink was founded in 2011 by Viviana Bonilla and Stephanie Nieves as an original student project in the Connected Learning Program, a residential learning community sponsored by the Johnston Center for Undergradaute Excellence. The goal of the project was to pilot a mental health awareness training and it was achieved on March 17, 2012. Thirty students attended the first training, with double that amount signed up on the wait list. The first training was a huge success and led the way for Rethink to become a committee of the Campus Y a month later. 

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes

On November 9, 2011, Rethink hosted a talk on Autism and mental illness with Dr. Randi Davenport. Dr. Davenport is the Executive Director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. In 2010, she published the memoir, "The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes," the story of a family's battle with mental illness. At the event, students had the chance to get a copy of the book signed, ask questions, and discusss challenges facing North Carolina's mental health system.

The Police and People with Mental Illnesses

On October 4, 2011, Rethink: Psychiactirc Illness sponsored a talk with Dr. Bob Kurtz. Dr. Kurtz, the Crisis Intervention Teams Program Manager for North Carolina, spoke to  students about how police respond to mental health crisis. Students learned about how to access trained police officers on campus and about the state's jail diversion programs for people with mental illnesses.

Dr. Gary Duncan on The Brain

On September 15, 2011, Dr. Gary Duncan visited our weekly meeting and talked to us about how the brain works. We learned about some of the possible causes of mental illness and how certain medications used for treating them were discovered.