The Candor

Mental Health Awareness

By: Claire Kositzky

Mental health can be a concern to many, especially college age students. As a psychology major, I am very interested in mental health. This past week at Benedictine University, junior resident assistant Katie Miller in Jaeger hosted an event to raise awareness on mental health.
Miller brought in the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago, also known as NAMI. A representative came to talk to students interested on the topic in the Krasa presentation room. He discussed mental illness and different aspects that affects the person with a mental illness. He also expanded on how it affects their loved ones as well.
According to NAMI, one in four adults experience mental illness within a year. We are constantly interacting with people in our world, completely unaware of most people’s backgrounds. There are a lot of people who battle mental illness we come into contact with and have no idea that they have a mental illness. Mental health is not something that you can physically see.
What I got out of the talk was that those with mental illness could really hurt all of us; however, they are not in a healthy state. We need to be accepting and continue to show love. I know that this may be easier said than done. Not everyone has patience but I believe that we are capable at attempting to show more acceptance, awareness and love for those with mental illness.