As students and guests walked throughout the St. John Fisher College campus this week, it was impossible not to notice the many faces around. Not faces of other students, but faces on posters that represent the five signs of mental struggling.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter on campus is participating in The PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition and has launched a campaign, fisher 5 signs , which will run until Friday, February 24 to raise awareness of mental health on campus. As part of the campaign, 540 posters have been hung up around campus that represent the five signs of emotional suffering. The 540 posters represent the number of Fisher undergraduate students who could be struggling with mental health according to statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The fisher 5 signs campaign was designed to create a conversation about a topic that is often times neglected. These posters display and label the face of the 5 signs of mental distress, and refer viewers to the web page they created. The five signs that may mean that someone who be struggling with mental distress are personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. These attributes may be a sign of a larger struggle with mental health, and it is important that we acknowledge these signs in ourselves and others to seek care or help as early as possible. On the web page, fisher5signs.weebly.com, people can learn more about mental health in order to better understand the negative stigma, help resources, and how mental health is just as important as physical health.
Katey Padden, Content Manager of the Bateman Competition team comments, “It’s great to hear people asking about the posters all around campus… our goal was to create a conversation.”
On Wednesday, the Bateman team partnered with the Student Prevention & Outreach Team to host Wellness Wednesday. These teams collaborated to educate students passing by in the campus center, and engage over 30 students to sign the Campaign to Change Direction pledge, which can also be found on the fisher5signs.weebly.com website.
Team members include Jade Rood, Meghan Cleary, Katey Padden, and PRSSA co-presidents Olivia Rotondo and Alexandra Hristodoulou. The team has been consulting an advisory panel of experts in the subject of public relations, including alumni Kevin Kane and Nadine Krimow-General, along with active PRSA Rochester members Melissa Greco Lopes and Jim Mignano.
Visit the website, fisher5signs.weebly.com, and engage on social media using the hashtag #fisher5signs to become a part of the conversation!