The group Speak Over Silence from the Communication 375 class is supporting mental health awareness with the event. Students are encouraged to stand hand-in-hand in silence along Corey Street Mall for those who have and still suffer with mental illnesses, dating violence, or stress. The first 200 students at the event will receive a bandana to wear while standing with their fellow students.
Megan Talbert, one of the group members, is very passionate about this movement and hopes this event will help some students on campus who are experiencing or have overcome these negative things.
“As much as we would love to fix all those problems, we realize that we simply can’t. But we can offer compassion in the midst of them. We have all been there and you are not alone. We are willing to listen,” said Talbert.
According to Talbert, Speak Over Silence wants to help foster safe opportunities for students who need to talk to someone who is willing to listen. Whether the issue is big or small, we have all needed compassion at some point in our lives, she said.
“We have come to realize that this network is a long-term goal for the campaign, but working to change the mentality surrounding our ‘problems’ starts in the hearts of the students, and that is something we can begin today,” said Talbert
For more information, visit Stand Over Silence’s Facebook page.