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“Canisius Cares Week” (Jan. 27 – 31) is a week dedicated to promoting kindness and compassion throughout the Canisius community, especially for those who struggle with mental illness.

The Office of Residence Life, RHA, CPLD and the Counseling Center have teamed up to offer opportunities during Canisius Cares Week to raise awareness and to reduce the stigma which often accompanies mental illness. The quad behind Old Main has been lit up with green lights for mental illness awareness.

Counselors are available in the Counseling Center (Bosch Hall 105) to help faculty and staff provide support to students who are struggling with mental illness or to help connect students to counseling services.

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can cause people to think, act and feel differently than they usually do. One in four of us will experience mental health problems in a lifetime. Fifty percent of American college students experienced overwhelming anxiety in the past year. We can make a difference by showing compassion.

Submitted By: Eileen Niland, director, Counseling Center