Students gain insight into mental health

Activities and video testimonials are used to engage audience on mental health

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On October 11, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Attendees create pipe cleaner figures to one day give to somebody in need of a smile. Mental Health First Aid provided information to students and faculty members on ways to help someone in crisis.

Counseling Services and Concho Valley MHMR on Oct. 3-4 held a two-day mental health training course in Room 110 of the Health and Human Services Build­ing.

The course gave stu­dents the opportunity to be­come equipped with the nec­essary skills to help someone in need who is suffering from a mental health disorder. Charles Vandiver and Kristie Carroll, Mental Health First Aid outreach workers, put the program together.

Twenty-four people, which included students and faculty members, attend­ed the course. During the course, Vandiver and Carroll discussed the symptoms and warning signs of disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, demen­tia and epilepsy.

Those in attendance also had the opportunity to participate in several activities within the training course. In one of the activities, 13 volun­teers were given cards with the name of a disorder on them and the entire group then had to establish which disorders were the most severe. Another exercise consisted of the class coming up with the name of a disorder for each letter of the alphabet. The last activity in­volved the students being di­vided into groups of six, where the members were then told to draw a picture of what they thought anxiety looked like.

After the activities, the students watched videos in which people described their personal experiences with de­pression.

“I came here because I am a psychology major and I feel like it will help me out,” freshman Mitzy Buenrostro said. “It is important because it teaches us things we can do to help people in need.”

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