Are You A College Student?
What’s going on in your life? Anxious? Excited? Fearful of the future? Empowered? Do you have a private story of resilience or just need a “safe place” to get express how you are feeling? If so, we want to hear your story.
It is well-documented that mental health issues in the college student population nationwide are a growing concern and with current events, at times, these issues are magnified.
UNTOLD Originals, our global storytelling movement, has created The Campus Diaries: Behind Every Smile to help fill a need to “share one’s story” and to be heard.
The Campus Diaries is a “Dear Diary” showcase of student stories. The “Dear Diary” pages are anonymous and serve the purpose of a therapeutic approach. Diaries have always been considered a safe outlet to write down how someone feels, your experiences, or even their thoughts. Creating a campus diary allows the students to express how they feel, and students get to also see that they are not alone by reading other “Dear Diary” submissions.
We know when you are on campus, each day you walk past each other hiding behind their smiles. It is important to spread awareness that someone could be going through something even though it may not appear that way on the outside. No topic is off-limits. Are you excited about your transition to college life? Anxious about your future? Relationship issues or break-throughs? Do you have something to share that might help others? We also want you to feel free to share your accomplishments, your resilience to an event, or a life-changing event. In any way you wish to share, we want your Diary entries to resonate with any student facing an uncertain challenge on life’s journey through the college years or to celebrate with you the moments that possibly have changed your life.
So, we invite you to join our movement in raising awareness of mental health on our college campuses today. Your “Dear Diary” entry can be as short or as long as you need to express your thoughts in hopes of helping others find a safe place to feel empowered.
Submit your stories at the link provided below. Remember, they are anonymous.
Thank you for your courage and your willingness to help other students just like you. If you want to read some of the stories already submitted, click here.
Please note: If you are a student in *crisis, contact your school’s counseling services or student health center. For after-hours, students anywhere can call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, Mobile Crisis at 1-800-704-2651, 911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Special thanks to Middle Tennessee State University and MTSU Center for Health and Human Services (CHHS) for piloting this project in Spring 2020.