FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Fairmont State University has designated September as Wellness Month. The month will be dedicated to promoting awareness and support for mental health in the community.
“We know that historically marginalized populations face a higher risk of health problems and suicidal ideation, so we wanted to raise awareness of these struggles and the resources available to support our students,” said Evan Fossen, deputy director of student life.
The programs that will take place during the month were organized by the University’s Umbrella Coalition. Registration for some of the events can be done at https://fairmontstate.libcal.com.
Events will include:
- Monday, September 20: Members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in a “Social Media Blitz” by sharing various photos, graphics and statistics that will be posted on the University’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, along with #WellnessforALL and #UmbrellaCoalition hashtags.
- Tuesday, September 21: Students can learn more about self-care by attending Adulting 101: Mental Health, a free event hosted by Counseling Services from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the conference rooms of the Falcon Center.
- Tuesday, September 21: The campus community is invited to cheer on the Falcons volleyball team at the Feaster Center from 7 to 9 p.m. as it takes on Shepherd University. During the match, The Hidden Opponent, an advocacy group that focuses on the well-being of student-athletes and tackles stigma with sports culture, will raise awareness about mental health.
- Wednesday, September 22: Students, faculty and staff will come together from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to “break down the stigma” associated with mental health issues by participating in a mile-long walk around campus. An on-campus mental health resource fair will be held at the Falcon Center Quad after the walk.
- Monday, September 27: A Mindful Eating Discussion, led by Mental Health Advisor Shannon Ackerman, will be held in the private dining room of the Falcon Center from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. To attend the event virtually, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/umbrella-program.
“Wellness has always been important, but our experiences during this pandemic have made wellness an even more vital priority,” said Mirta M. Martin, president of Fairmont State University. “Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of our dear Falcon family. We always stress the importance of wellness, but designating September as Wellness Month at Fairmont State University allows us to draw everyone’s attention to wellness resources and initiatives. I invite everyone to participate in the activities planned for Wellness Month, to learn about these resources, to take care of themselves and to ensure the health of our community.
Through the Falcon Mental Health program, Fairmont State will continue to offer activities throughout the year.