“So essentially, the goal is just to increase awareness on campus about mental health, all the resources on campus and host events that maybe draw more people in because of Mental Health Awareness Week,” Caponigro said.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on the mental health of different groups of people, varying from race to class status to sexual orientation.
“So we came up with themes for every day of the week because we place a strong emphasis on intersectionality and that someone’s mental health is affected by their race, sexual orientation, personal experiences, religion, socioeconomic status.” Caponigro said. “And so we came up with themes to address vulnerable populations in mental health, and so we have a day about LGBTQIA+ mental health, we have a day for first-year mental health and transfer student mental health.”
The Mental Health Organization Fair will be held next Monday, and it will feature campus organizations focused on mental health, such as the Buddy Project. The Buddy Project focuses on suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
“The Mental Health Awareness Fair is going to be Monday, April 8, and that’s where all the organizations are going to have a table out at The Pit,” said Ally Yoder, a Buddy Project campus representative. "And I’m doing that Monday from 11 to 1. And then the next day on Tuesday, I’m also going to have a little event in The Pit and UNC Paws is going to come and collaborate with us just to promote what the Buddy Project is and give some mental resources.”
In hosting this Mental Health Awareness Week, UNC's Student Government Wake Forest, Duke University and a host of other universities that also work to ensure students know about mental health resources.
“It’s absolutely imperative,” Moseley said. “Mental health is one of the biggest issues I think that students face, especially in today’s day and age.”