SUNY New Paltz will host a Mental Health Fair, a film screening of the new Kid Cudi documentary, and other programs for students during Mental Health Week 2021, Nov. 15 – 19.
The main event is a mental health fair taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Student Union. The Fair is set up to gather a wide variety of resources for students together in one place, and help students connect with one another and with professional staff so that everyone understands that help is available for those who may be struggling or want to learn ways to become more resilient.
Campus departments and organizations will be there to connect with students, offer free depression and resilience screenings, and provide info about workshops and other opportunities to get involved with mental health awareness and advocacy. There will be a bunch of giveaways and raffles, too.
Also on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Student Resilience Advocates will host a screening of “A Man Named Scott,” which focuses on Kid Cudi’s mental health journey. That film screening will be held in Lecture Center 100 at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion on mental health awareness and the need to destigmatize seeking help, especially for men and BIPOC students.
Other Mental Health Week events include self-care workshops, special sessions for BIPOC and LBGTQ+ community members, and light activities like a paint-and-sip session.
Mental Health Week is sponsored by our campus chapter of Active Minds, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students via peer-to-peer dialogue, and is supported by the Mental Health & Wellness enhancement fund, the Holistic Hawks Committee, the Psychological Counseling Center, OASIS/Haven, the Psychological Resilience Project, the Center for Student Engagement, and many other campus clubs, organizations and on- and off-campus service providers.