During the month of November, Men’s Resiliency partners with the Western Suicide Prevention Program to organize a series of events that aim to raise awareness in support of men’s mental health. One way that individuals raise awareness nationwide is by growing facial hair or wearing fake mustaches and beards throughout the month of November. The events throughout Movember are designed to encourage students to address men’s issues and reduce stigma attached to male stereotypes. The Healthy Minds Fair and The Walk of Hope are two signature events to address mental health.
The Healthy Minds Fair
The Healthy Minds Fair is an annual event held during fall quarter that is designed to support students by providing resources and encouraging conversation about stigma, community, and healthy approaches to mental health issues. The fair offers many activities, such as a relaxation station with massage therapists, time with therapy dogs, and self-care projects, such as coloring and bracelet-making. The Healthy Minds Fair also offers tabling opportunities to many organizations, both on and off campus, that provide information and resources regarding various areas of mental health.
The Walk of Hope
The Walk of Hope is a suicide awareness event, sponsored by To Write Love on Her Arms and BRAVE. During the event, the goal is to create a space for the community to discuss suicide prevention, awareness, and stigma. The evening includes a time for students and faculty to share how suicide has personally affected their lives. The event ends with a candlelit walk around campus in honor of those who have lost their lives to suicide. The Walk of Hope is a moving visual of the power of community and the importance of hope as the fight against suicide through prevention, awareness, and conversation continues.