The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

    Mental Health Ambassadors partner to host Fall Fest on Sanford Mall

    Students+walk+around+Sanford+Mall+during+Fall+Fest
    Students walk around Sanford Mall during Fall Fest

    Mental Health Ambassadors partnered with We Coach, Reformed University Fellowship, Sky Meditation, Kappa Delta and Phi Gamma Delta to host Fall Fest on Sanford Mall on Thursday.

    MHA is a group of students who represent the counseling center. They hope to destigmatize mental health on campus.

    “We basically do outreach for the counseling center,” Amanda Bianco, senior psychology major and MHA secretary, said. “We promote the services and resources we have on campus to promote better mental health and wellness while in college for students.”

    Bianco said Fall Fest was started in 2017 by an intern in the counseling center.

    “We want to do it annually to promote conversation about mental health on campus and to let students know about the resources,” Bianco said. “A lot of times freshmen come and they don’t know about the resources we offer on campus, and that most of them are free.”

    Carson Burleson, president of MHA and senior English and religious studies major, said they hope Fall Fest will help students talk about their mental health.

    “I think we all have struggles and it’s important to know that other people are there for you as well,” Burleson said.

    Burleson said it’s important to decrease the stigma that surrounds mental health today.

    “Mental health is a hard thing to get students to be willing to talk about and to understand. I think events like this say to everybody, ‘It’s okay, and you’re not alone,’” Bianco said.

    The campus organizations who participated in Fall Fest set up individual booths with activities that discussed mental health.

    “It’s been really rewarding that everyone we’ve reached out to was really overwhelmingly willing to participate and promote mental health, and not just what their organization is about,” Bianco said.

    Gabriel Talavera, member of Phi Gamma Delta and senior construction major, said it’s important to remind students that others at App State do care about mental health.

    “Our game, Trash Your Insecurities, is an easy way to get people thinking about an insecurity that they have and just being able to in their minds push it aside and get rid of it,” Talavera said. “Obviously, it’s not as simple as that but it helps the process move along.”

    Bianco said next year MHA plans to expand by bringing in more organizations and possibly turning the Fall Fest into a two-day long event.

    Story by Cameron Stuart and Anna Muckenfuss 

    Photo by Anna Muckenfuss

    Featured photo caption: Students walk around Sanford Mall during Fall Fest

    Donate to The Appalachian
    $1500
    $5000
    Contributed
    Our Goal

    We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

    We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

    Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

    If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

    About the Contributor
    Anna Muckenfuss
    Anna Muckenfuss, Appalachian Weekly News Producer
    Anna Muckenfuss is a senior journalism and broadcasting major from Durham, N.C. Email: Muckenfussan@appstate.edu Twitter: @Muckenfussan

    Donate to The Appalachian
    $1500
    $5000
    Contributed
    Our Goal