Editor's Picks

Health & Wellness

Campus Center conference bolsters mental health awareness

October 4, 2016

IUPUI students, faculty and staff as well as the general public are invited to attend "Stop the Stigma: Mental Health Awareness Conference" at the Campus Center Monday, Oct. 10.

More than one in four people will experience mental health challenges, but many do not recognize the symptoms or know how to obtain help.

The goal of the conference is to raise awareness among the campus and the greater community by providing educational information and access to resources. The event includes presentations on mental health topics and exhibition booths from local health providers and vendors.

The event includes a resource fair and exhibition, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People on campus can show their support that day in a variety of ways:

  • Attending the Mental Health Awareness Resource Fair
  • Attending one of the conference's presentations or workshops
  • Wearing green on Oct. 10 to "Stop the Stigma" associated with mental illness
  • Sharing information they have gathered with friends, family and colleagues
  • Joining the conversation and using the hashtags #StopTheStigma and #JagsEmpowerJags

Vendor booths will be located on the lower level of the Campus Center throughout the day to provide information and answer questions.

Presentations and workshops will be held on the third and fourth floors. There will be signage directing those attending to the rooms featuring their chosen events.

The workshop and presentation topics are:

  • "What Is Depression?" (8:15-9:15 a.m.) -- led by Leslie Hulvershorn, M.D., of the School of Medicine and medical director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction
  • What Is Psychosis? An Introduction to Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder" (9:15-10:15 a.m.) -- led by Ashley Overley, M.D., of the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • "Introduction to Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Illness" (10:30-11:30 a.m.) -- led by Emily Zarse, M.D., addiction psychiatry fellow in the School of Medicine, and Justin Phillips of Overdose Lifeline Inc.
  • "What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders" (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- led by Natalie Dattilo, Ph.D., of the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • "Creating a Culture of Mental Well-being in Your Workplace" (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • "Managing Mental Health in the Workplace / Crucial Conversations" (3-4:30 p.m.)

The event is a service project for university staff who are participating in the Institute for Supervisory Excellence, a competency-based program designed to support supervisors in managing everyday responsibilities and to lead others by helping them develop new skills, tools and approaches to supervision challenges.

Read more Health & Wellness stories »