On Monday, Active Minds at Carolina and To Write Love on Her Arms set up booths in Polk Place in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day.
The event was advertised as Mental Health Monday and was supported by student government’s new Mental Health Task Force.
“UNC isn’t always the easiest place to be. The constant stresses of academics, social life and other growing pains take their toll,” said Mental Health Task Force member Niya Patel. “The Mental Health Mondays initiative is centered around improving students’ lives in small ways."
Student Body President Savannah Putnam’s administration created the task force to support mental health and wellbeing of UNC students.
“We have many important initiatives and policy goals this year, including the creation of a mental health coalition that will bring together student organizations from across the campus,” said Mental Health Task Force Co-Directors Emma Caponigro and Raleigh Cury.
The Task Force's goals include greater emphasis on first-year mental well-being, partnerships between campus organizations to pool resources for mental health, and providing transportation for students who need off-campus mental health services.
One of its main areas of focus is publicizing the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. CAPS provides various mental health services, including individual therapy and medication management, for students.