In Spring 2020, while working on an internship with UNTOLD, a student at Middle Tennessee State University presented “UNTOLD: The Campus Diaries” as a mental health awareness campaign within a campus community designed for the purpose of resonating with any student who has faced a challenge, crisis, or difficult patch through the college years.  The result?  Even with the challenges of COVID-19 and the national campus shut-down, students began submitting their powerful and moving stories of their mental health challenges adjusting to campus life as well as posting their celebrations, achievements and opportunities for their future.  The powerful online blog also showcases the need for more mental health awareness on university campuses.

Since the Spring of 2020, UNTOLD: The Campus Diaries has grown globally, capturing the dramatic impact of a student’s voice.  Like the other facets of the entire UNTOLD Project, that voice is heard through the art of both conversation and written word and allows for unspoken and silent topics to be given a safe  – and anonymous – place free of judgment to talk about their experiences in hopes of helping other students. The project provides opportunities to allow students not only to be heard, but to inspire hope, educate, and create a space for compassion and change, while simultaneously raising awareness of the mental health issues within the campus community.

The Campus Diaries in 2021 extended its project to carefully showcase the student’s effective avenues of expression by creating a powerful (4) four-tower, (7) ft tall exhibit designed to create a campus awareness campaign for mental health.  Found on this exhibit are actual anonymous essay pages from the web portal entitled “Dear Diary” along with the brilliant photography of Lorna Dancey.  Today, we are currently partnering with campuses across the US and abroad to bring this exhibit to campuses around the world.



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