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Know the Five makes mental health a priority at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. – March 6, 2017 – Mental health literacy becomes a common topic of conversation at the University of Georgia thanks, in part, to one public relation campaign course’s efforts in the last month to decrease the stigma surrounding emotional suffering on campus. The campaign, Know the Five UGA, working in combination with several student organizations, including the Student Government Association and the Public Relations Student Society of America—Drewry Chapter, has collected over 500 pledges, gathered a robust social media following, and held several successful campus events all since launching on Feb. 15.
Their benefit concert alone, Nuçi’s Knows the Five, held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Nuçi’s Space attracted nearly a hundred attendees and raised $525 for mental health awareness. Featuring live performances by local artists Son and Thief, Hill Elliott, and Tommy Trautwein, the event created an open, positive dialogue about mental health in the local community through music.
“The concert was so fun,” says Hill Elliott, 21, of Roswell, Georgia. “I can always get behind performing for people when I see eye-to-eye with everyone in the room about a certain issue. In this case, we all shared a focus on raising awareness for mental health. It just felt right.”
Concert attendee, Bailey Smith, 21, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina says, “Combining a concert and a social issue was a great way to make it easy to talk about a difficult topic.”
Know the Five UGA believes that understanding the five signs of emotional suffering: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness, is an important first step in the mental health literacy. With this knowledge, people can help prevent pain and suffering and get those in need the help they deserve.
“Our emotional well-being should be valued just as much as our physical well-being,” says Jordan Calhoun, 22, of Kennesaw, Georgia and one of the coordinators for Know the Five. “Sometimes the battle for mental health awareness can feel like a losing one. Our concert proved to me that people care about breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness and want to learn how to better care for themselves and their friends. Seeing people care about the Five is nothing short of humbling, inspiring, and encouraging.”
With less than a week left to go in the campaign, Know the Five UGA encourages everyone to take the next step in becoming an advocate for mental health. Sign the pledge to know the five signs online at knowthefiveuga.com.
Know the Five UGA is a student-run, independently organized campaign benefitting the Campaign to Change Direction. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness of the five signs of emotional suffering and increase mental health literacy within the Athens-Clarke County community. For more information: please visit knowthefiveuga.com or email knowthefiveUGA@gmail.com.
Contact: Jay Horton, Communication Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (540) 421-6968