Kent State’s the Nightingale Project hosted a Be-YOU-tiful Event on Monday, which focused on mental health awareness.
“So what we wanna do is promote positivity, give back to the community both on campus and off campus and really end the negative stigma surrounding mental illness and to have that conversation about mental health and why it’s so important, ” Antonina Schubert, President of The Nightingale Project, said.
The event had many activities to choose from like filling out letters for people in mental health facilities, a makeup artist, and a raffle.
“So here we have some mirrors and people can write down the things that they like about themselves or positive words and then we’re gonna sell them at the end of the night so people can take them home and look at them whenever they need a word of encouragement,” Sarah Morris, a Nightingale Project Member, said.
Students said walked around the Kent Student Center ballroom to try out all the activities.
“It’s like cool to see all of these other people here that like also like believe in talking about mental health. And it’s just not something that like people can continue to sweep under the rug,” Jennifer Noga, a sophomore Criminology Major, said.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 percent of students rated their mental health as below average or poor. Schubert said that is why events like this matter.
“It’s like cool to see all of these other people here that like also like believe in talking about mental health. And it’s just not something that like people can continue to sweep under the rug,”Jennifer Noga, Criminology Major
“We want people to know how important they are in society, how loved they are. Um, and we’re really hoping to get people to come out and see their worth and really work on their self-love and self-care,” Schubert said.