The first photo is from a presentation in the Wofford Old Main Hall that was attended by around 100 students. I gave opening statements referencing my experience with my mental health and I introduced the other speakers.
The second photo is from the cookout that was planned to raise money for the JED Foundation. I spoke to the 150 attendees thanking our sponsors and reminding them of the purpose of the event.
The event was on November 13th from 11-12:30 and was attended by around 70 people. We had informational flyers from JED, a banner for students to sign, Shirts with sponsors on them, food, and an hour-long presentation on Mental Health.
Highlights from the presentation: “it’s ok to not be ok, but it’s not ok to stay not ok” - a motto I try to live by.
There have been three things that I have really tried to focus on to improve my mental state every day, they are:
Conclusion to my presentation - I had a conversation with one of my close friends about sadness and I told him, “sadness is a waste of an emotion”, we argued back and forth, and he ultimately said, “I felt extreme sadness when my friend Seth passed away in high school, but that has brought so many people together, I remember standing there with my friends crying over his death and I know I am closer to those people because of that”. That statement has stuck with me for a while, and I realized while I am saddened by Seth’s death and my own struggles with mental health, I am closer to my friends, family and ultimately myself, because of the sadness I have experienced and I wouldn't trade that for the world.
Wofford’s Carter Atchison, Ethan Marshall, and Nathan Heinlein spoke to brothers from around the nation about marketing, recruiting, and building a brand at the Executive Academy in Chicago this weekend. The brothers highlighted their work with mental health awareness and suicide prevention, offering to share their model with other chapters.