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Dr. Jay Darr, the director of the University Counseling Center, spoke at a Student Government Board town hall on Tuesday evening for Mental Health Awareness Month.

SGB holds mental health town hall with Panzella, Darr

By Kiera Ledermann, Staff Writer October 13, 2021
Student Government Board hosted Dean of Students Carla Panzella and Dr. Jay Darr, director of the University Counseling Center, for a Q&A town hall on Tuesday night for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Kamakashi Sharma — a senior neuroscience major and president of Pitt Active Minds, a peer-based mental health advocacy organization — said it’s more effective to host Mental Health Awareness Month in October.

‘You’re not left behind just because you’ve left campus’: Pitt still offering mental health resources during summer recess

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer May 26, 2021
While there are still events being planned for Pitt’s October celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, organized by Student Government in cooperation with more than 15 student organizations, Eva Steele, vice-chair of the Mental Health Student Coalition, said mental health resources are always available and awareness can be raised year round.
Pitt’s Graduate and Professional Student Government is showing its appreciation this week for grad students this year with its annual graduate and professional student appreciation week.

GPSG shows appreciation for grad students through week of events

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer April 5, 2021
Pitt’s Graduate and Professional Student Government is kicking off a week of virtual events for its annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week on Monday. These events are designed to show appreciation for grad students.
Pitt’s University Counseling Center provided Self-Care Day activities like the SMASH Mobile Rage Room, where students wrote down their stressors on a plate before smashing them.

‘Better than nothing’: Students reflect on last week’s Self-Care Day

By Suln Yun, Staff Writer March 1, 2021
Students celebrated the first Self-Care Day of the semester last Tuesday. Students got one Self-Care Day last semester in October. Following a request from Student Government Board President Eric Macadangdang, students were given two Self-Care Days this semester — with the next one on March 24 — after spring break was cancelled.
Pitt’s Mental Health Awareness Month officially started on Oct. 1.

Mental Health Awareness Month focuses on helping students through pandemic

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor October 7, 2020
Pitt’s Mental Health Awareness Month officially began on Oct. 1 and will last throughout the month of October. MHAM consists of various virtual events — such as open mic nights, webinars and art exhibits — that aim to raise awareness for mental health, change the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses and remind students of resources around campus that can help them in their mental health journey.
The University Senate held a panel discussion on mental health in academic life during the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday afternoon via Zoom.

University Senate panel talks mental health in virtual meeting

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Assistant News Editor April 10, 2020
Pitt community members took the time Thursday to discuss how current events are affecting mental health in academia and what can be done to address it. 
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