Purdue Student Government members raising awareness about mental health stigma

Purdue Student Government members raising awareness about mental health stigma on campus.
Purdue Student Government members raising awareness about mental health stigma on campus.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In a recent study, Purdue Student Government members said nearly 20 percent of undergraduate students sought mental health help so far this year.

Daniel Romary is Purdue’s student body secretary and said raising mental health awareness on campus is something at the top of PSG’s agenda.

“Mental health on campus is a really important issue to Purdue Student Government,” Romary said. “We’re always making sure students have the resources that they need, and we want them to know about them.”

Romary said PSG recently teamed up with faculty and staff to address these issues.

“We just passed a resolution a few weeks ago encouraging faculty and instructors to include CAPS on their course syllabi,” Romary explained. “We’ve also hosted a mental health awareness week, and we’re doing it again this year.”

Karla Courtney is the director of education and marketing at Mental Health America of Tippecanoe and said that they’re facing a shortage of mental health providers in the community.

“The upside to that is that a lot of the key stakeholders in the mental health community have come together to address that, but that’s really in progress right now,” Courtney said. “Right now, we’re getting phone calls from people who just can’t get in anywhere for months.”

She said social media sites like Instagram and Facebook have also gotten involved in raising awareness.

“If you’re concerned about someone on either one of those platforms, there are procedures for reporting specific individuals,” Courtney explained. “Specific posts and those platforms will reach out and offer some kind of guidance to get them to mental health care services.”