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SEPT. 30, 2005--A grant received by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from the American Association of Colleges and Universities will help facilitate a year-long, campus-wide conversation about student mental health issues, culminating in a visit by an leading expert in the field of collegiate mental health.

The first of two discussions on the book, "College of the Overwhelmed: The Mental Health Crisis on Campus and What to Do About It," by Richard Kadison, chief of mental health at Harvard University, will be Oct. 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Regents Room of the Hagestad Student Center. The focus of the first session will be the first section of the book regarding why students struggle at college and explore issues such as social isolation, mental illness and drug use. A second session will discus what effectively alleviates these crises and will be held on Nov. 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Regents Room of the Student Center.

During faculty development days in August, about 30 UW-RF faculty and staff attended a workshop on student mental health, and the year-long conversation and book were introduced, says Brad Caskey, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology.

These discussions are designed to give faculty, staff, students and community members the opportunity to generate discussion on these topics in preparation for a workshop Jan. 19 with Kadison.

For more information, contact Terry Brown, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 715/425-3777; Alice Reilly-Myklebust, student health services, 715/425-3293 or Caskey at 715/425-3366.


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