Mental illness is not something we are used to talking about. And although 1 in 4 American adults has a mental illness, we have been taught to feel ashamed and avoid the subject.
At the Rethink: Psychiatric Illness Training, 30 students and community members break away from societal stigma to learn the basics about mental illness, become aware of the statistics and prevalence of mental illnesses in our state and on our campus, debunk myths, learn what we can do to help ourselves or a friend in need, familiarize ourselves with the resources available on campus, and understand the specific actions we can take to act as advocates.
Throughout dynamic activities which include role playing, a trivia game, crossing lines, and a talk where a UNC student shares his or her personal experience with mental illness, participants become empowered and learn how they can do their part to empower others.
"It was really powerful to see that everyone in the room knew someone who had been affected by mental illness."
Priya Balagopal, UNC-CH Class of 2014
“I have never felt safer than I did yesterday speaking out for the first time and being honest with myself."
Marlena Moore, UNC-CH Senior