National Mental Health Awareness Month Activities at NEOMED

The Center for Student Wellness and Counseling Services (CSWCS) is collaborating with NEOMED student organizations and campus departments to promote mental health awareness activities throughout the month of October. Events begin Monday, Oct. 8, with guest speaker Jessica Cather, Pharm.D., discussing her experiences as a psychiatric pharmacist.

 “An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!”

During the week of October 15-19, check out the resource table outside the Watanakunakorn Auditorium for materials on mental health and well-being. Each day of this week, an app on these topics that can be downloaded to any mobile device will be emailed to students’ NEOMED email account. Mindfulness activities such as puzzles, playing cards, coloring pages and bubbles will be available all week by the fireplace in the Student Lounge located in the NEW Center.

Here’s the lineup of events for the month:

Monday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.: College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Student Group (CPNP) hosts guest speaker Jessica Cather, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice,at Liebelt Lecture Hall. Dr. Cather will speak about her experience in psychiatric pharmacy. This event is open to everyone on the NEOMED campus. RSVP to learn more about psychiatric pharmacy.

Friday, Oct. 12 at noon: CPNP hosts a Mental Health Stigma Awareness webinar in Meeting Room F-118. The Stigma Free campaign is an effort to end stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness. Through powerful words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions. This event is open to everyone on the NEOMED campus. RSVP to let the group know you are attending this event.

Friday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m.: CSWCS will hand out apples from local orchards to NEOMED students who stop by the tables outside Watanakunakorn Auditorium. Xavier Smith, NEOMED’s executive chef, will conduct an apple-cooking demonstration and provide free samples while supplies last.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Summit County NAMI Walk. If you are interested in participating in the walk, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website to donate and/or register as a walker. NEOMED’s CPNP will be at the walk this year conducting blood pressure screenings at the Stile Athletics Field House on the University of Akron campus.

For more details on any of these activities, contact

Read The Pulse for more information about these and other monthly events happening on or around the NEOMED campus!

To make an appointment with Counseling Services, call 330-325-6757, or email

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or if you are experiencing an emotional or psychiatric crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Crisis Text Line – Text 741-741 for immediate, anonymous and free assistance. Information about the Crisis Text Line FAQ – Texting In.

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