_CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the name of Active Mind and Taylor Swankie's title. The article also stated "people who 'struggle with' mental illness," this has been changed to "experience." The article has been updated to reflect the changes. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error._
As of 2011, more than 50 percent of students reported to experience more than an average amount of stress, according to a "study":http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2012/full-report.pdf by the American Psychological Association. This is one issue discussed last week during the national Mental Health Awareness Week.
UNC was part of the national conversation, as Rethink: Psychiatric Illness, Active Minds, UNC Wordsmiths, NeuroCare and Sexuality and Gender Alliance collaborated to host events ranging from the Rethink Expression Board to artistic expressions of mental health.
The first of these events was a vigil to commemorate those who are struggling and have struggled with mental illnesses.
Taylor Swankie, co-chair of Rethink: Psychiatric Illness, said the event was meant to bring greater awareness and respect to those who are suffering.