UPUA to host mental health and wellness week
The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) will host its annual Mental Health and Wellness Week from Nov. 13 to Nov. 16. This year’s main theme is body positivity and wellness, but there will also be discussion and events for other issues regarding mental health.
Mental Health and Wellness Week is sponsored by the (UPUA) in collaboration with Active Minds, Students with Schizophrenia, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, the Lion Ambassadors, the Panhellenic Council, Counseling and Psychological Services, and University Health Services.
On Monday, November 13, keynote speakers Amber Kryz and Joey Julius will be speaking in Freeman Auditorium at 7 PM. Amber Kryz is the founder of the Bodyheart Campaign, and an advocate for body positivity and life fulfillment. Joey Julius is a former Penn State kicker and an advocate for mental health whose work revolves around raising awareness for men with eating disorders.
Amber Kryz will return on Tuesday, November 14, for a Bodyheart photoshoot where students will highlight what they like about their bodies. As well, students can participate in ribbon tying, a make-your-own stress ball activity, and a showcase from Penn State Counseling and Psychological services on their WellTrack program from 11 AM to 3 PM.
The Collegiate Recovery Community and Active Minds will hold a panel in the Hetzel Lounge at 6 PM on Wednesday, November 15. UPUA will also be present in the HUB throughout the day to help students plant flowers in Mental Health and Wellness Week cups.
On Thursday, November 16, the Mental Health and Wellness Week Gala will be held. Keynote speaker Mike Veny, who is regarded as one of the most influential people in the health industry, will be present. As well, there will be a performance from Writers Organizing to Represent Diverse Stories. The event starts at 5 PM and students can get tickets here.
For more information about Mental Health and Wellness Week, visit UPUA’s website.