With so many college students falling to mental illness, sexual assault, poor physical health or STDs, ASUN is holding 10 Days Of Health to promote overall wellness.
From April 2 to April 13, ASUN will be holding 10 events with focuses on mental, physical and sexual health. The events aim to raise awareness about various aspects of health.
The 10 Days of Health are “10 days dedicated to one of our most important assets: our health!” ASUN wrote on Twitter. “Events will be focused on multiple categories, including mental, emotional, physical, and sexual health.”
“This campaign is something this campus really needs,” student Sarah Kimrey said. “We always talk about the physical aspects of health, but the fact that this campaign puts a strong focus on sexual and mental health as well is extremely necessary.”
To kick off the campaign, ASUN provided free healthy alternatives to some of our favorite meals at the Good For You BBQ, such as chicken burgers and fresh fruit.
Another event to promote physical wellness is Pack Bounces Back on April 10 in front of the Knowledge Center at 11 a.m. Students are encouraged to come bounce in inflatables to get some exercise.
Mental health is a major portion of ASUN’s campaign. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, one in four college students has a diagnosable mental illness.
On April 2, ASUN hosted former NHL player Clint Malarchuk to speak about his battle with suicide attempts.
According to ASUN, playing with puppies and practicing yoga are both ways to de-stress and care for your mental health. To promote mental health awareness, students are invited to do yoga with puppies at Puppy Yoga in the KC Rotunda from 11-1 on April 11.
Along with mental health awareness, ASUN aimed to help break stigmas surrounding mental illnesses. To do so, ASUN held Stop The Stigma on Monday, April 9, in front of the Joe. Tabling took place to address the topics of drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and break the stigma surrounding these topics that are commonly seen as taboo.
10 Days of Health falls at an appropriate time as a portion of the events surround sexual health, and April has been named National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According to a study by the Department of Justice, as many as one in four college women are victims of sexual assault.
To increase awareness, ASUN held It’s On Us on April 3. Tabling in front of the Joe was to help decrease the stigma around sexual assault.
In addition to bringing awareness to sexual assault, ASUN held multiple events to promote sexual health and safety. Meet The Sex-Perts on April 4 allowed students to discuss various topics regarding sexual health with therapists and professionals.
Let’s Talk About Safe Sex on April 5 provided free HIV testing to students to be proactive about safe sex. A conversation was also held to give students information on how to practice safe sex.
ASUN’s goal was to increase overall health and awareness within the university campus and community. To accomplish this, students were encouraged to post on social media with the hashtag #10DaysOfHealth for Spread the Vibes on April 6.
For a healthier community, students are invited to make cards for sick children in the Reno community at Cards For Kids on April 11 in the KC lobby. According to ASUN, this is to raise the spirits of sick children in the community and increase the overall health in Reno.
Olivia Ali can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush