On Wednesday, April 5th at 1:00 pm, Alcorn State University (ASU) nursing students gave a presentation to students in the J.D. Boyd Library Auditorium. The five individuals that spoke to the students were Hannah Jenkins, Emma Whittington, Haley Williams, Mykayla Adams and Latrinity Richardson.
The ladies are in their first year of studies in the nursing program. In their Community Health class, they were given a project where they had to reach out and help their community. The event they presented was the service-learning project. Jenkins stated, “We decided to educate people on the mental health resources that are available throughout Alcorn.”
At ASU, the Counseling Services Department offers individual counseling, group counseling, Consulting/Referrals, The Alcorn Substance Abuse Prevention Program (ASAPP), Outreach programs and Psychological Assessment Evaluations. “We have pamphlets here that provide counseling services that Alcorn offers for free. Today, at the event, we have numerous ways to improve mental health by providing to the audience stress balls and a jar where they can write anything down that is bothering them or is on their mind, put it in the jar, and it stays between them and the jar,” stated Whittington.
Some examples of ways that they told the audience to improve their mental health were to meditate, read a book, keep a journal and go for a walk. They directed students to the anxiety and addiction screening on the Alcorn website and provided QR codes to send students directly to the quiz so that they would be able to get the help they needed.
The services provided by Alcorn are free and confidential. If you need to make an appointment call (601) 877-6230 or go to room 305 in the Walter Washington Building on the 3rd floor. The hours services are provided are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm and on Friday from 8:00 am through 4:00 pm.