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I Will Help You: A HEARTFELT Initiative to SAVE LIVES

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There are so many great health care initiatives at work these days, most deserving attention and participation. But all too often, the few that address the emotional and mental disorders take a backseat. Well, The Ohio State University College of Nursing takes a backseat to no one and nothing…

The team is out to turn that around by opening doors, creating conversations, and educating. And there’s a great, big bull’s-eye on fear and stigma (each perpetuates the other, right?).

Wan, Marissa, Kaela, and Logan dropped me a line about a week ago. They’re senior nursing students at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. And though I’m a devout Michigan State University Spartan, I went ahead and read their email (and even wrote back).

The future nurses explained that they’re working on a large group project with some 80 student participants. The purpose of “I Will Help You” is to spread awareness of the emotional and mental disorders, not only in their community, but nationwide.

The HQ of the initiative is a wonderful website that provides tons of information to those enduring the disorders and to those who may somehow come in contact with them.

See, the project team believes emotional and mental health isn’t being discussed nearly enough in the US, even though it’s consistently the elephant in the room. The team is out to turn that around by opening doors, creating conversations, and educating.

And there’s a great, big bull’s-eye on fear and stigma (each perpetuates the other, right?).

That said, the team is not only encouraging those enduring emotional and mental disorders to seek help, they’re emphasizing the importance of all of us saying “I will help you” to each other, family, friends, coworkers, and to the person sitting alone in the corner.

No one should feel alone…

And that’s why the team offers two pledges anyone can make right on their site…

  • A Pledge to Help to join the many other people who are working to decrease the stigma of mental health and reach out to those in need.
  • A Pledge to Heal to join the many other people who are suffering and are committing to getting the help they deserve today.

Catch this. The site includes free educational modules for educators, health care providers, and law enforcement. I signed-up for the one for health care providers and among other topics I found “Triaging and Barriers” and “Non-Pharmacological Treatments, Therapies and Resources for Mental Health Lecture.”

But maybe most important of all are the “I Need Help” and “I Want to Help” pages.

These are powerful resources. And I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that nursing students have chosen the emotional and mental disorders for their initiative. That’s so hopeful for the future.

Chipur readers, “I Will Help You” is the real deal. And I’m proud to bring it to you, on behalf of The Ohio State University College of Nursing – and my new Buckeye buddies (soo corny?) Wan, Marissa, Kaela, and Logan.

Please hit the site and participate by making pledges and perusing the educational modules, as well as absorbing the “Help” pages. It’s all that good. Oh, and here they are on Facebook and Instagram.

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