By Matt Herrington – The Collegiate Staff
On Monday, October 23, Grand Rapids Community College will be holding a Mental Health and Wellness Fair.
This event is a way for students to gain access to a variety of different mental health resources available to them in the area.
Spreading this information is the goal of the Wellness Fair, as it is paramount that assistance is sought when required.
Many men and women who suffer from some sort of mental affliction actively choose to avoid seeking support from others, as it is falsely perceived as a sign of weakness. At the fair, it is hoped that this notion is tossed aside. Attending students are strongly encouraged to learn the positive results and ongoing effects of reaching out for guidance from professionals.
Students will be able to meet and connect with a number of different community members from different agencies and organizations. Substance abuse, depression, and anxiety are only a few of the most common mental health disorders individuals suffer from that participants can learn about during the fair.
Along with meeting with community members from outside GRCC, there will also be different support services from GRCC’s counseling center participating in the event to help support student success on campus.
One’s mental well-being is of the utmost importance when it comes to positive outward performance in life, as well as inner confidence and overall health. Should someone be dealing with something that’s impeding them from achieving their goals or drastically affecting their mental state while doing so, outside professional help is recommended. Communicating with others and having counseling and support services available could result in substantial positive effects moving forward.
At the fair, these tools for bettering oneself will be made obtainable, with the hope that those who need help are able to get it.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 301 of the student center building and is free to attend.