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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018


Sunday, Sept. 30

Be Well Expo, 3:30 p.m., Carrier Dome

ABC News Anchor Dan Harris presents “A Journey to Mindfulness” followed by the interactive Be Well SU Expo.


Monday, Oct. 1

Student Association Kick-Off, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Quad

Have fun with mental health through inflatables and games, and stress-less activities.           


Tuesday, Oct. 2

The Art of Identity, 12 p.m., Quad

Explore mental health and identity through an art activity.


Therapy Dogs on the Quad, 2-6 p.m., Quad

Visit with therapy dogs from Pet Partners of Central New York. 


Late Night Yoga in the Dome, 11 p.m. to 12 a.m., Carrier Dome

Gate E will open at 10:30 p.m.. Those needing first floor access and accommodations can enter through Stadium Control located before Gate A on the ESF side of the Dome. Music will lead the hour and staff will be available to offer assistance. All levels welcome from first-time yogis to advanced practitioners. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat or towel, and wear clothes to move in.


Wednesday, October 3

Wendy and Steve Sefcik present “Remembering TJ,” 7 p.m., HBC Gifford Auditorium

 After losing their 16-year old son, T.J. Sefcik to suicide in 2010, Wendy and Steve Sefick created the program "Remembering T.J." in hopes his story will shed light on mental health and teen depression. The main goal of this presentation is to leave attendees feeling aware and better equipped to handle mental health situations.


All In: Solidarity Takes Disability Justice, 7 p.m., Watson Theater

Please join us in welcoming Lydia X. Z. Brown and Shain M. Neumeier to our campus for a presentation and Q&A, with a reception and book signing to follow in the Light Work lobby, celebrating their brilliant and impactful scholarly-activist work, which includes intersections of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, and global and local identities.


Thursday, Oct. 4

Meditation on the Quad, 6-6:30 p.m., Quad

Stop the Stigma: A Concert for Mental Health, 7 p.m., Hendricks Chapel

Student Association, in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel, will be hosting a free concert for the Syracuse University community, in which groups and individuals are invited to sing, dance or perform spoken word/poetry that relates to mental health or resiliency. 


Friday, Oct. 5

Strike Out Stigmas, 2-4 p.m., Women’s Building Field

Join us for a brief Mental Health Awareness Week reflection activity and kickball game at the Women’s Building Field.  Come wearing comfortable attire and shoes to participate in the game.  Prizes and light refreshments will be provided.


Saturday, Oct. 6

The Trial Run, 9 a.m., Sawmill Creek Shelter in the Willow Bay area at Onondaga Lake Park

Register before Friday, Sept. 28, to be guaranteed a t-shirt and to get to participate in the event for only $15!


Week-long Events:


Tie Ribbons on the Orange Grove

Tie ribbons on trees on the Quad if you or anyone you know has been affected by mental health.


Humans of Mental Health

Everyone’s mental health story is unique.  Access these stories online @Be Well SU and @SU Student Association.


Syracuse Setbacks

Access your favorite people at Syracuse University share stories of their personal setbacks and their continued resiliency.  Access the  online video @Be Well SU and @SU Student Association.


Submit an Event for the 2018 Calendar:

Offices, departments and student organizations are invited to submit events for the 2018 Mental Health Awareness Week Calendar (Sunday September 20th to Saturday October 6th 2018). Please note that all events will be screened by the Awareness Month Planning committee and must be approved before being printed on the calendar. In order to have your event listed on the 2018 schedule please submit all event requests by 11:59pm on Thursday September 20th 2018.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

In collaboration with Student Association, the Counseling Center, Student Assistance, NAMI-SU, and Active Minds, Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 was October 2-October 5, 2017.


Monday October 2:

Mental Health Awareness Week Kick-Off Event
Hosted by Student Association
Quad 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesday October 3:

Intersectionality Matters: A Roundtable Discussion about Mental Health and Identity
Hosted by NAMI and Active Minds
Jabberwocky Café 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday October 4:

Send Silence Packing
An exhibition of backpacks representing the number of college students lost to suicide each year
Hosted by Active Minds
Quad 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Schine Underground rain location)

Thursday October 5:

Therapy Dog Thursday 
Hosted by the Office of Health Promotion in partnership with Pet Partners
Quad 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunset Yoga and Meditation
Talk by Dean Reverend Konkol, followed by yoga and meditation
Hosted by Student Association
Quad 6:00 p.m.


Tie green ribbons in the Orange Grove for mental health awareness!
Keep an eye out for Humans of MHAW posts!
Free t-shirts on Monday and Thursday, and raffle prizes on Thursday!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

In collaboration with Hendricks Chapel, Student Association, the harris project, Active Minds, and the Counseling Center, Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 was from October 2-8, 2016.

Sunday October 2:

Co-Occurring Disorders Presentation
Hosted by the Office of Health Promotion in partnership with the harris project
Hall of Languages 207 7 p.m.

Monday October 3:

National Day without Stigma
Hosted by the Office of Health Promotion and Active Minds
Schine Student Center 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday October 4:

Meditation at Hendricks Chapel
Hosted by Hendricks Chapel
Hendricks Small Chapel 12-1 p.m.

Wednesday October 5:

Syracuse Setbacks 
Hosted by Student Association and the Office of Health Promotion
Stolkin Auditorium 7 p.m.

Thursday October 6:

Therapy Dog Thursday 
Hosted by the Office of Health Promotion in partnership with Pet Partners
Quad 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mental Illness Doesn't Discriminate
Hosted by Active Minds
Jabberwocky Cafe 7 p.m.

Soulful Sit-downs
Hosted by the Office of Health Promotion
Tolley 204 8-9 p.m.

Friday October 7:

Meditation at Hendricks Chapel
Hosted by Hendricks Chapel
Hendricks Small Chapel 12-1 p.m.

Spirituality and Mental Health
Hosted by the Office of Health Promotion
Hendricks Small Chapel 1-2 p.m.