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For Immediate Release
September 28, 2017

IPFW Holds Annual Mental Health Day

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is holding the 27th annual Mental Health Day on Wednesday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walb Student Union. This year’s theme is Living LIVE…Unplugged and focuses on finding healthy ways to unplug by living in the moment and stressing less to improve overall health.

“It's estimated that in 2014, 43.6 million adults age 18 and older in the United States had a mental illness,” said Judy Tillapaugh, wellness/fitness coordinator. “We offer this Mental Health Day to make sure our students, faculty, staff, and everyone in our community has access to information and resources available to deal with depression, anxiety, and other mental illness.”

The university’s Mental Health Day is held during National Depression Awareness Month, the national outreach, education, and screening month designed to educate people about depression and other mental health disorders, and to allow individuals to seek assistance and support in a non-threatening and easily accessible manner. One-on-one mental health screenings, an information and resource fair, a digital unplug challenge, and a mental health spa will be offered. Two mid-day workshops have been added this year.

Modern Love: Finding Your Signal Within all the Noise will be presented by Michelle Drouin, associate professor of psychology, from noon to 12:30 p.m. and again from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Walb Classic Ballroom. This interactive discussion will focus on whether or not we are sacrificing friendships, romantic relationships, family connections, and real intimacy for a love affair with our phones.

Cybersex 101 will be presented by Floie Stouder, counselor with the IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program, from noon to 12:30 p.m. and again from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Walb Union. Room G21. This presentation will provide a basic understanding of the pornography industry and electronics, and the effects of addiction on the brain and mental health.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

IPFW Mental Health Day is sponsored b /Parkview Student Assistance Program, Office of the Dean of Students; Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs; Active Minds, Peer Educator Program, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Project COMPASS, Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity, and Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association.

For additional information, contact Judy Tillapaugh at 260-481-6647, or email