Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Health

By Cindy McNicholl

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September 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Location: Herkimer County Community College, Robert McLaughlin College Center, room 288

Event Description

Herkimer County Community College will present Ross Szabo. Szabo was making friends, getting good grades and had a fun social life as a freshman in college. However, no one could have imagined how many emotions he was suppressing. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16, was hospitalized for attempting to take his own life during his senior year of high school, and like so many other freshmen, just wanted to fit in.

Szabo teaches students about the complexities of mental health issues and empowers them to seek help or help their friends seek help. Most mental health issues are highly treatable, but too often remain hidden in silence preventing people from achieving the recovery they are capable of.

The program focuses specifically on mental health, and how societal stereotypes can lead to increased loneliness, isolation, and suicide. Szabo uses tasteful humor and insights to help participants understand common mental health conditions and individual differences. He also covers warning signs that students can look for in their friends and peers, as well as resources that can provide guidance in these sensitive situations.

Free and open to the public.
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