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Culture, Mental Health Panel Held

This semester, students gathered to discuss how cultural experiences impact mental health counseling during the “Food for Thought” panel discussion presented by the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, Intercultural Affairs and the Office of International Student Affairs.

Titled “Navigating Culture and Mental Health: What’s your Perspective?” the panel featured students Natia Bueno ’14, Zoe Van Nostrand ’14 and Tolulope Aboyade-Cole ’15. Alejandra Molina, director of intercultural affairs, David Gage ’91, director of international students affairs, and Elizabeth Carroll, staff psychologist with the counseling center moderated the event.

According to Carroll, the panel was “intended to start a dialogue around the individual cultural experiences of students and how they may have shaped their relationship with the seeking of mental health supports.” It also aimed to reach out to students who may not be familiar with the services the center has to offer.

Those who attended the event had the chance to hear about the experiences of fellow students. “I think that’s a really powerful thing, to be part of a conversation about factors which are shaping our daily lives and the lives of people around us, like our cultural backgrounds and our methods of asking for help. These kinds of dialogues help us to increase our understanding of the world around us, to feel like a part of a community, and hopefully to help understand ourselves better,” Carroll says.

The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness is located at 91 St. Clair St, just a few doors down from Hubbs Health Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Interested students can make an appointment by calling the center at 315-781-3388, walking in, or by scheduling an appointment online. If a student is in crisis, they can walk into the Center for help during office hours, or reach a crisis counselor after hours by calling Campus Safety at 315-781-3333.