Those who walked past the Campus Y Monday afternoon were greeted with a paper tree covered in small notes supporting body positivity.
The tree was a part of Mental Health Monday, a weekly initiative meant to eliminate stigma around and raise awareness for mental illness. This week's event, held by Student Government’s Mental Health Committee and The Campus Y’s Embody Carolina, discussed thankfulness and how to stay mentally healthy during the holiday season.
The weekly meetings are supported by the Mental Health Committee in Student Government. Each week, different groups and discussion topics are featured, Ashley Broadwater, co-chairperson of Embody Carolina, said.
“We have a Thanksgiving theme, so we’re writing what we’re thankful for that our body can do,” Broadwater said.
Embody Carolina set up a paper tree and leaves with markers at a table outside The Campus Y for the event, which lasted from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Passersby were encouraged to take note of what they most appreciate about their body, write it on the leaf and place it on the tree. Embody Carolina also handed out free KIND Bars.