Stigma-Free Pit Zone!
Members of the UNC community were invited to write stigmatizing words and phrases they had encountered, place them on the floor underneath bubble wrap, and stomp the word out. Some of our members also enjoyed salsa'ing out stigma. It was a day filled with catharsis and great conversations on language.
We spent the night at the Campus Y writing letters of support to each other, watching TED talks about mental health, dancing, laughing, chalking out, and sharing friendship at Rethink's first ever Spring Retreat.
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.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Active Minds hosted National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at UNC. On Wednesday, Rethink hosted "Intersectionality Day" at the pit, where we talked to students about the importance of including all voices. When little research has been conducted on the prevalence of eating disorders among minority groups, and the media portrays eating disorders as a "disease of straight white cis women" who are we leaving out of the conversation?
Valentine's Day Letters to a Stranger
Valentine's Day can be a hard day, so we prepared and wrote letters to a stranger to hand out to our UNC peers. You are important and amazing and you matter!
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Our Rethinkers shared food, fun, and Apples to Apples at our Fall potluck.
Rethink hosted a night of games, pizza, and play dough to celebrate Thanksgiving family style. We shared what we are thankful for and a whole lot of laughts.
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!
Be Brave Flashmob
Standing up to mental health stigma requires us to be brave. To show everyone that being brave together makes ending stigma a little easier, Rethink performed a flashmob dance of Sara Bareilles' "Brave" at the Pit on November 20, 2013.
Watch a video of the dance here: https://vimeo.com/79915790
Painting the Expression Board
Rethink members painted a large wooden board as preparation for Mental Health Awareness Week. During MHAW, UNC students were given the chance to write, paint, or decorate a positive message about mental illness and recovery on the expression board.
Mental Health in the Arts Performances
As part of the 2013 Mental Health Awareness Week, on October 9, 2013, the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble, Madeline Edwards, the Tarpeggios, Cadence and the UNC Wordsmiths performed songs and poems about mental health and recovery.
Mental Health Vigil
As part of the 2013 Mental Health Awareness Week, on October 7, 2013 candlelight vigil was held in remembrance and to show our support to those who have known or lost someone with a mental illness. Student Body President Christy Lambden and representatives from UNC Counseling and Psychological Services presented on services and policies on campus. A conversation among students who shared personal experiences followed.
2013 Fall Fest
We had a great time at Fall Fest welcoming new students to UNC and telling them all about the work Rethink is doing.