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Department of Counseling wins mental health fundraising challenge

November 16, 2012

Left to right: Jesse Roessler, Anna Edelman, Leigh Boyer, Hannah Piper.

Loyola University New Orleans Department of Counseling doesn’t hesitate when it comes to raising money for a good cause. It raised the most money among local universities this year for mental health resources to benefit the community. Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Health, the fundraising challenge was part of the annual fundraiser walk held Oct. 13. Loyola’s Department of Counseling worked with Active Minds, SIFE and the Psychology Club to raise nearly $1,500.

Mental health resources are important because according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 22.1 percent of all Americans age 18 and older suffer from a mental disorder.

The National Alliance on Mental Health strives to break the stigma of mental illness by providing support and resources, including drop-in centers, peer-to-peer and family-to-family education support, and family support groups. The family resources available are unique to its program. In addition to education, it offers a monthly support group for family members of individuals with a mental illness.

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