Student Counseling Center’s Mental Health Awareness Week Events Announced
September 23, 2009
Students, faculty and staff can stimulate their mental well-being with events on a
variety of topics ranging from social media and sleeping to relaxation and dating.
Written by: Jessica Behnham
Texas Tech University’s Student Counseling Center will host a series of events during
Mental Health Awareness Week Sept. 28 - Oct. 2.
Events are designed to help students learn to connect with others while stimulating
“Research shows that more than a quarter of young adults between the ages of 18 and
24 have diagnosable mental health problems,” said Klint Hobbs, counseling psychologist
at the Student Counseling Center. “Connecting with others is one of the best ways to improve one’s mood and avoid
psychological problems. Our events will help students learn how to connect with others
in healthy ways.”
Mental Health Awareness Week events include:
- Sept. 28: “Smart Dating: Starting off on the Right Foot” is an interactive presentation
designed to help students understand what a healthy dating relationship looks like
and begins at noon in Room 100 of the Student Wellness Center.
- Sept. 29: “Understanding Sleep,” part one of a “Sleep Class” workshop series will
provide basic information about common problems that prevent people from getting a
good night’s sleep, and will take place at noon in Room 100 of the Student Wellness
- Sept. 29: “Don’t Let Facebook Eat Your Life” is a panel discussion where experts will
discuss how to use social media in smart ways. It will be held at 6 p.m. in Human
Sciences Room 169.
- Sept. 30: “How to Help Students in Distress” is a presentation aimed at faculty and
staff that will address different approaches for talking to students about their problems.
It will take place at noon in the Red Raider Lounge in the Student Union Building.
- Sept. 30: “Relax and Connect with Others” is part three of a workshop series that
discusses how taking time to relax can impact student’s college success and begins
at 5 p.m. in Room 205 of the Student Wellness Center.
- Oct. 1: “Zumba” is a high-intensity dance class that helps students connect with others
and unwind. The class begins at 7:15 p.m. in Room 114 of the Robert H. Ewalt Student