Columbus State University Libraries along with the CSU Counseling Center are collaborating on I Am a Person, a program that will promote open conversation about mental health on our campus.
Volunteers (approx. 8) from our campus community (students, faculty, and staff) who are or have experienced mental health issues will lead small group conversations about mental health with event attendees. Each volunteer will be partnered with a counselor to facilitate discussion. Attendees will also be offered the opportunity to take the StigmaFree pledge from the National Alliance on Mental Health, a program aimed reducing the negative perception around those with mental health issues.
Our program impact will be a more educated and compassionate campus community; attendees with mental health challenges will find encouragement, community, and understanding.
The poster for ALA Annual Conference will be an overview of how we conducted our program. This will include how we put together our program, its impact, and program assessment. Visual handouts will be provided as well as suggestions for alternative mental health programming ideas.
Emily Crews– Reference and Outreach Librarian, Columbus State University