Lyon College students confront stigma surrounding mental health

Lyon College students confront the stigma around mental health

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - One student organization at Lyon College says it’s time to change the conversation about mental health.

The private college is the first in Arkansas to have a chapter of Active Minds on its Batesville campus. The nonprofit organization provides mental health awareness and education to hundreds of thousands of college students across the country.

According to the group, 39 percent of college students experience a significant mental health issue.

“It is important to take a step back and look at why this is important," said Geneva McCaulley, president of the Lyon College chapter. “Even if it doesn’t affect you, it’s affecting multiple people in the country."

The student-led group plans to not only start the conversation, but they also want to be “stigma fighters.”

Although the group is small now, they hope to make a difference next semester.

“Even if we have just a few people at first and they get that word out, it creates this campus climate that says ‘Hey, you have to go get help’ whether it’s a coach or a faculty member, students will see that as a normal thing to do,” said Diane Ellis, director of counseling.

While the group isn’t necessarily a support group, they do plan to lead those who need help in the right direction.

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