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PRSSA promotes mental health at Fisher

5 Signs of Mental Illness posters can be seen all around campus for the Bateman Campaign Competition.

By Morgan Andersen, News Editor

From Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, the Tom Proietti Chapter of the PRSSA created a mental health campaign as part of the PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition.

The campaign that was created by the Fisher team has been named fisher 5 signs. Team members include Meghan Cleary, Alexandra Hristodoulou, Katey Padden, Jade Rood, and Olivia Rotondo. Fisher 5 signs includes both print and interactive media that draws attention to mental health awareness.

According to Tom Proietti Chapter of the PRSSA, the 540 signs posted around campus represent the number of Fisher undergraduate students that could potentially be struggling with mental health. This staggering number means that almost 1 in 5 students suffer silently with mental health issue according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The Bateman Case Study Competition is a nationwide case study competition that provides a chance for students interested in the field of public relations. The competition gives students an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in class to real-life situations and create a full public relations campaign.

The overall goals of the campaign are to raise knowledge and understanding of what those who are struggling with mental illness might be experiencing as well as starting the conversation about mental health.

Katey Padden, Fisher’s PRSSA Bateman Team Spokesperson, said that “College is a stressful time. This campaign was created to be a resource for students who want to learn more about this topic as well as an outlet for those who need a hand.”

For more information about fisher 5 signs, follow #fisher5signs or visit http://fisher5signs.weebly.com/

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