UNT Mental Health Organization Raises Awareness – 5 Dallas-Fort Worth News
Quisenberry sought advice from UNT and found the UNT chapter of the national nonprofit Active Minds, which uses student voices to raise awareness of mental health issues, help students find resources, and reduce mental health stigma. “It’s so important because so many students are fighting alone,” said Dr. Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Senior Director of Counseling at UNT. “My biggest fear would be the missing student, the student who somehow didn’t hear about our services or was too scared to get help.”
Knapp-Grosz said suicide was the second leading cause of death among college students. She pointed out that counseling is included in college tuition and that mental health issues are treatable. “But you have to get this help for the healing to begin,” she said. Quisenberry will graduate with a double major in political science and nonprofit leadership in May.
“Even in this time of COVID, your feelings are still valid and what you are experiencing is 100% important,” Quisenberry said. “And we’re here to listen. We are here to listen to you. “If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by sending ‘Home’ to 741741.
Knapp-Grosz said a quarter of all UNT student advisory meetings this year deal with COVID-19 issues. That year, Active Minds began receiving UNT counselors for interviews to humanize the counselors and make them less intimidating to call for help.
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