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As part of Stress Less Day on campus, Tara McPherson, a corporate wellness consultant at Lawley Benefits Group, will present  “Mental Health Matters” on Wednesday, March 16 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Mental health disorders are among the most burdensome health concerns in the United States. According to Mental Health America, nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year and 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life. Burnout is also on the rise. A survey conducted by Indeed in the Spring of 2021, found that over half (52%) of survey respondents are experiencing burnout in 2021 – up from the 43% who said the same in Indeed’s pre-Covid-19 survey. Burnout is not a medical diagnosis, but it can be a step in the path towards other kinds of problems, like depression or anxiety.

During this presentation, McPherson will cover the following topics: an overview of mental health and burnout, strategies for managing mental health and burnout in the workplace, current Canisius College benefits to assist with employee mental health needs, and takeaways for individuals to play an active role in their personal wellbeing journey. In addition, Laura Dlugosz, Wellness Program Manager at Independent Health, will guide us through a meditation exercise at the end of the session.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Student Center. A boxed lunch will be served. Registration is limited to 80 participants, so registration will be collected on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please RSVP to Bethany Voorhees at by Friday, March 11, and provide any dietary restrictions if applicable.

To RSVP by today, click the following  link:

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office