DSC_0468The Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) and the Titan Wellness Center are hosting the inaugural Mihaylo Mental Health Day on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Designed to increase awareness and decrease the stigma surrounding mental health challenges, the event will provide connections to on-campus resources and self-care activities, such as puppy therapy and games.

From depression to stress, mental health challenges can be among the most difficult aspects of the college experience for many students. According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, these issues comprise the leading cause of appointments at health centers at universities nationwide.

At Cal State Fullerton, the BICC and the Titan Wellness Center are working together to increase awareness and access to resources through the Mihaylo Mental Health Day, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Mihaylo Courtyard. The event will connect students with resources such as Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), but will also feature activities such as letter writing, an M&M game, mindful coloring, pop the balloon, and the opportunity to get in a positive mood while interacting with spunky puppies.

Improving Your Mental Health and Helping Others

Tiffany Bowman, vice president of public relations for BICC, says the event is designed to assist students in maintaining optimal personal mental health and then promoting the well-being of others.

“The first thing students should do is take care of their own mental health first. Just like they say on an airplane, you have to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs. Making self-care a part of your routine can be highly beneficial. Personally, I find mindful meditation to be the most helpful. However, everyone is different and it is important for each person to take the time to figure out what works best for them. Lastly, since the body and mind are deeply connected, taking care of physical health by eating well and exercising regularly also benefits the mind,” she says.

For More Information

For more information on mental health resources available at Cal State Fullerton, visit CAPS at the Student Wellness Center (SHCC-East), call them at 657-278-3040, or visit them online.

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