“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges” television special will premier on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 pm on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.
This special is part of a statewide campaign that also includes new public service announcements targeting young people and college students and letting them know it is OK to talk about mental health and to seek help.
The 30-minute program features inspiring and candid stories of college students and their families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental health conditions, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Also discussed is the rising suicide rate among young people on campus. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.
A new statewide initiative to improve student mental health and suicide prevention efforts on Michigan college campuses is also highlighted in the special. Leading Michigan-based experts in healthcare, education, parent/child relationships and peer support programs also appear in the “Opening Minds, Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges” special to help bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention and treatment.