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April 24, 2014 : Mental Health and Substance Abuse Awareness Events to be held at OUL
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Students at Ohio University Lancaster are marking both Mental Health Awareness Month and Substance Abuse Awareness Month with messages of hope and healing.  The Human Services Technology Student Association is holding several events on campus next week.
“April is Substance Abuse Awareness Month and May is Mental Health Awareness Month,” said HST Student Association Advisor Lisa Skeens. “Every year, we do some kind of mental health awareness event.  We wanted to take it to a new level this year by recognizing both months and doing something more creative so people could be hands on and enjoy it.”
From April 28 – May 2, an art show called “Healing Art for the Naked Heart” will be on display in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts. Students and community members are submitting artwork for the display that conveys messages of hope and healing.
“There will be paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures,” said Skeens. “We are very happy with all the different submissions for the art show.”
On April 30, a panel of mental health professionals from the Fairfield County community will discuss issues they face in their professions. There will be a question and answer period so students and the public can learn more from the speakers. The discussion will be held in Brasee Hall room 211 at 4 p.m.
After the panel discussion, there will be an open mic event in The Zone. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.
“We want participants to express their sentiments on hope and healing through poetry, song or whatever they feel comfortable doing,” said Skeens. “I think people better express themselves in the areas of grief, trauma and stress in a more creative venue.  This will also help our students learn different and creative ways to serve clients.”