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Department of Counseling wins mental health fundraising challenge

November 1, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Counseling is consistently raising money for a good cause. For the second year in a row, it raised the most money among local universities 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. 12 at Audubon Park.

Loyola’s Department of Counseling worked with Student Advocates on Mental Illness, Active Minds and the Wolf Pack Diversity Club to raise $1,634 this year for mental health resources during the fundraising walk college challenge. Those resources are important because according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 26.2 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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