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Event to raise awareness about mental health

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7:30 p.m. · Frist Campus Center

A mental health awareness event featuring student readings, presentations about mental wellness and musical performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Café Vivian in the Frist Campus Center.

Organizers said they hope the evening will raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and promote mental wellness on campus.

Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, will speak about mental health issues and the importance of a vital community. To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to offering hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

The evening will feature acoustic rock performances by the Philadelphia-based band Eric James & the Early Hours, and Mike O’Leary, lead singer from the band A Zero Complex.

University students also will share stories from "Uninvisible," an anthology of their experiences with mental illness. The publication recently was launched by the student peer advisory group Healthy Minds Advisors, and copies will be available at the event. Materials about University Health Services' mental health resources also will be available.

The event is sponsored by Healthy Minds Advisors, University Health Services and a group of graduate students from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

For more information, contact graduate student Jamie Davies O’Leary at

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