Many people confuse emotional health and mental health as being the same thing. While they are two different things, they are closely intertwined. It is extremely important to raise awareness about mental health, support those around you who are suffering from a mental health problem and to seek help if you are suffering from any form of mental illness or mental health problem. This is the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week at Millersville University, which will begin on April 22. The week’s events are sponsored by The Elsie S. Shenk Center for Health Education & Promotion and will take place at various venues on campus.

The week will get started with nationally renowned mental health speaker, Kevin Hines at 7 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center (SMC) Marauder Courts. Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a bestselling author, global public speaker and award winning documentary filmmaker. In the Year 2000, Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Hines now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience.

Other events include DIY rock painting, Mental Health Awareness Mile and a celebration of National Pretzel Day.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, visit https://www.millersville.edu/chep/.

For more information on Kevin Hines, visit http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/.

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