Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health

Panel Presentation, March 16 (snow date March 23)

The move to college is a time of significant transition and can be both positive and challenging. As many as 1 in 5 students experiences a mental health condition while in college. For some, the stress of college and greater independence may impact mental health, making it difficult to manage the daily demands of school. Others begin college already aware that they live with mental health challenges.

On Monday March 16, The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass. Ave, Acton, will generously host the panel presentation “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. The Acton-Boxborough United Way is sponsoring the event which is presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Central Middlesex affiliate.

The presentation is appropriate for both students and their parents/guardians. The panel of college administrators and a former student who experienced mental health challenges during college years will encourage families to start conversations about mental health before students leave home. It is prudent to understand privacy laws, what can be shared by college administrators, and that colleges differ in supports. These conversations are important even if a student doesn’t experience a mental health condition. They may see a friend in distress and be better equipped to assist.

The event is free and open to families in Acton, Boxborough, and surrounding towns. For more information, view our flyer, or speak with Jennie at 978-692-2908.