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Univ. of Iowa students ‘check in’ on mental health as a part of homecoming week

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Students at the University of Iowa are being asked to “check-in” with themselves when it comes to mental health.

This is a part of their sixth-annual Mental Health Fair, hosted on Wednesday as a part of homecoming week. 29 groups participated and offered assistance to many specific mental health struggles students might be dealing with.

“Our big mission is to raise awareness on mental health and decrease stigma,” Kelly Clougher, with UI Counseling Services, said.

Clougher said the goal is to make students comfortable talking about their mental health. With classes back to full capacity and COVID-19 restrictions lifted on campus, she said it’s especially important this year.

“Now that folks are still kind of dealing with uncertainty and we’re adjusting, it’s still impacting our mental health,” Clougher said.

Temyia Holcomb is a current student and the vice president of the campus group Active Minds. She said she’s experienced firsthand how some students, including herself, have had the pandemic take a toll on their mental health.

“Students like myself who were already here and had to go online and now are coming back and adjusting,” Holcomb said. “It’s been difficult for everyone. I’ve spoken with many students who are finding the transition really hard.”

Clougher added that events like these are crucial to students making any sort of transition as a part of the pandemic or otherwise.

“We want our students to know that they can go to any of the student organizations that are here, any of the campus partners, or the community organizations too,” Clougher said.

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