The Saint Joseph’s College Health and Wellness Center will host a movie night in the Evan Arts and Science Building Theatre on Sunday, November 10 at 7:00 pm CST in support of the Love is Louder Movement. SJC Director of Counseling Services Laura Wagner, M.S., LMHC, LCAC, hopes to involve not just SJC students and faculty members, but the community as well to raise awareness for victims suffering from mental illness.
The Love is Louder Movement is a joint effort hosted by MTV and the Jed Foundation, along with actress Brittany Snow, which started back in 2010 to promote support for teenagers and young adults through the media. The Jed Foundation seeks to inform communities about the risks college students with emotional health conditions will inevitably face unless given support not just from counselors, but the community as a whole.
The film being played, “Call me Crazy,” is divided into five segments. Each segment is focused on a different character facing a unique set of obstacles. This film also examines the characters’ families and how mental illness not only affect the person, but also those that are closest to them. Some of the issues addressed in the film – such as suicide, sexual assault, drinking as a coping mechanism, and prescription drug use – give the overall sense that living with mental illness is more difficult than people initially realize.
Wagner hopes that, through the film, “People who are feeling hopeless, alone, or mistreated can connect with someone who will offer support, as much of the group’s work is through online sources.”
In addition to the film, Wagner also plans on hosting a discussion panel following the movie led by herself, head nurse Sharon Moore, LPN, Strength by Knowledge Leader Pierre Green ’12, and an additional student to be chosen by the panel. For any additional questions, contact Laura Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 219.866.6116.
Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.
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