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Chesapeake Campus Mental Health Awareness Week to feature NAMI on campus

Feeling stressed? Struggling with anxiety or depression? Not sure where to turn?

Tidewater Community College’s Chesapeake Campus will host Mental Health Awareness Week, March 4-7. Sponsored by TCC C.A.R.E.S. and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the week is dedicated to sharing mental health resources, support and education.

Students from all campuses and the public are welcome to attend activities, which include information sessions and talks.

The Chesapeake Campus is located at 1428 Cedar Road. For maps and directions, visit

For more information, contact Elisabeth Jakubowski at

Drop-in or Stay for a Session

March 4

Anxiety Relief

11 a.m. – Information Session – 1st Floor Commons Lounge

Get information on mental health resources, such as cell phone breathing apps, coping techniques and options for help through NAMI.

Noon – Yoga & Mindfulness – 1st Floor Chesapeake Bay Room

Paula Slagle, a Chesapeake campus faculty member, will provide instruction on mindfulness, breathing and anxiety relief through yoga.

March 5

Staying Positive Depression awareness

11 a.m. – Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Health – 1st Floor Potomac Seminar Room

Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare will present several activities centered on positive thinking and how it can improve overall mental health and well being.

12:30 p.m. – Journal Decorating & Open Share Session – 1st Floor First Year Success Lounge

Decorate journals and talk openly about introducing “NAMI on Campus,” and learn about other local resources for mental health help, coping techniques, healthy living and depression.

March 6

Working with Stress

11 a.m. – Popcorn & TED Talks – 2nd Floor Veterans Lounge

This drop-in session features free popcorn and a variety of TED Talks on stress management, making stress your friend, finding balance and more.

Noon – “Orbeez” Stress Ball Making – 2nd Floor Veterans Lounge

Engage in this free, hands-on activity creating a tool that helps manage stressors – the stress ball.

March 7

Logo for NAMI on CampusSay it Out Loud

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Outreach Fair – 1st Floor Commons Lounge

Visit the mental health awareness outreach fair for more information on a variety of services and resources available on campus and in the community.

11 a.m. – Say It Out Loud! – 3rd Floor Little Otter Room

NAMI created its “Say it Out Loud!” campaign to get teens and young adults talking about mental health. Sharing information and starting conversations about mental health are key in reducing perceptions and increasing the likelihood that people will seek mental health care when they need it. NAMI is committed to helping start those conversations. Learn from special guests who have their own stories to share in an open discussion.