Our Student Diversity Think Tank sponsored an assembly on Wednesday, May 1st featuring the Ending the Silence Program from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lehigh Valley Chapter. NAMI’s main goal for this program is to foster a generation of youth who can abate the stigma associated with mental illness through education and advocacy.
Dr. Dennis Geiger, a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist and NAMI volunteer, presented the programming, which highlighted symptoms and indicators of mental illness, how to seek help for oneself and others, and how individuals with mental illness can lead successful lives with proper self-care and treatment. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Student Diversity Think Tank plans to continue promoting messages of destigmatization and stress management throughout the month. Our hope is that last week’s assembly will spawn future conversations on mental health awareness and that the talking points further contributed to our community’s recognition, openness to learning about, and embracement of differences.
More information about mental illness and NAMI’s local support groups, resources, and programs can be accessed on their website – https://www.nami-lv.org. NAMI also offers a Helpline (M-F 10am-6pm; 1-800-950-6264) and 24/7 text message crisis help (Text NAMI to 741741). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7 crisis support and prevention and crisis resources for individuals in need and callers seeking to assist others.