WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK UCF students rally together to break the stigma of mental illness
On the week of March 4th through March 8th
, advocacy groups on campus including VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at UCF, NOW: National Organization for Women at UCF, College Democrats at UCF and To Write Love On Her Arms at UCF will be collaborating on a project that aims to bring awareness to women's mental health issues in the United States. When health care is discussed in the United States, it is talked about in terms of doctor's visits, x-rays and surgeries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are more likely to go undiagnosed for autism, ADD and depression in the United States. "We don't talk about it," commented Kayla Cayasso, UCF student and former College Democrats Black Caucus Representative.. "We don't talk about mental illness at all, especially in women. We act like it's not there and try to push the problem away, and then we freak out when it doesn't go away. Now is the time to break the stigma, because women deserve better." The day-by-day schedule is as followed:
March 24th, Monday: A Knight of Hope - Stories through Art, a Benefit for To Write Love On Her Arms at UCF. Located in Nicholson School of Communication, room 101. Doors open at 7PM. It will be an open-mic for UCF students to perform and share their art.
March 25th, Tuesday: Self-Care Selfies photo campaign. Located at the Reflection Pond from 10AM-2PM. Participants will discuss how they relax and de-stress and help spread the word about the importance of self-care.
March 26th, Wednesday: Women's Mental Health Panel. Located in Visual Arts Building, room 111 at 8PM to 9:30PM. UCF women will be commenting on their experiences with mental health services and discussing the need for better facilities dealing with mental illness.
March 27th, Thursday: Advocate Speak Out. Located at the Student Union Patio Stage from 10AM to 2PM. All involved organizations and participants will take the stage to speak out about mental illness.
March 28th, Friday: Resource Scavenger Hunt. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes if they can name some of the different facilities UCF offers for self-care and treatment. All UCF students are encouraged to attend, participate in the events and foster the creation of a safe space for women living with mental illness at UCF. Women's Mental Health Week is the first event of its kind at UCF, and will hopefully be returning in the years to come. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Chelsea Aldrich at email@example.com, or call her at (352)