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NKU is joining in the national Seize the Awkward Campaign

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Young adulthood is a critical time in a person’s life when they may experience great stress from multiple changes like leaving high school, moving from home and beginning college.  It’s also a time when mental health issues frequently emerge and, despite effective treatment options, there are often long delays between the first appearance of symptoms and when people go to receive counseling or treatment. Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst young adults and for every youth suicide, it is estimated that 100‐200 others attempt suicide.  

"Nobody enjoys an awkward silence. But when it comes to mental health, awkward silences don’t have to be a bad thing."

The friends of those struggling with mental health issues can be incredibly influential in helping them get the help that they need when they need it.  76% of young adults will turn to a peer in a time of crisis for support.  This generation is ready to crack open the cultural conversation about mental health, but often they are unsure how to begin the conversation.

The objective of the campaign is to empower young adults to help friends who are struggling with mental health issues. Seize the Awkward campaign aims to help young adults create more vulnerability in their friendships. In doing so, they will create a safe space for their friends to open up about mental health.

Nobody enjoys an awkward silence. But when it comes to mental health, awkward silences don’t have to be a bad thing. This campaign encourages teens and young adults to embrace the awkwardness and use this moment as an opportunity to reach out to a friend. The campaign focuses on that moment to break through the awkward silence to start a conversation about how they’re feeling.   

▶ To learn more visit SeizeTheAwkward.org.

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Mental Health Awareness Events

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Resources

On Campus:

Counseling Services are available via phone, video telehealth, or in person services as appropriate by appointment only. Please call (859) 572-5650 to schedule an appointment. In the event of a crisis/urgent matter, a clinician will be available by appointment during regular business hours (8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) at (859) 572-5650. For after hour psychological emergencies, please contact (859) 572-7777. 

IN AN EMERGENCY: If you or your friend needs urgent help, call 911 right away. Or even take your friend to the emergency room for assistance. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.

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Other:

IN A CRISIS: You are not alone, and help is always available. Get immediate support 24/7. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting SEIZE to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free, and everything you tell them is confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

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