Mayors partner with Lee students to raise mental health awareness
Cleveland City Mayor Tom Rowland and Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis have declared the week of Feb. 19 "Mental Health Awareness Week" in a partnership with Five for All.
Five for All is a mental health awareness campaign created by Lee University public relations students. The team’s goals are to share the Five Signs of emotional distress and resources available to those suffering within Cleveland and Bradley County.
The partnership will be hosting a kick-off event on Friday, Feb. 17 to declare Mental Health Awareness Week to the city and county and to tell citizens more about the Five for All program. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Alumni Park Gazebo on Lee University’s campus with light refreshments to follow. The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes.
“Think about a season when you went through a difficult emotional time, and remember how nice it was when someone noticed that you weren’t okay,” said Amy Marona, Five for All team member. “Knowing these Five Signs gives you the ability to be that friend that offers help to someone who feels hopeless.”
The campaign team has been planning Five for All since last August. Last semester the team did research on emotional health stigmas with the student body, and now they are implementing everything that they learned during that phase.
“Through Five for All, we want to share hope, shape relationships and shift the culture of emotional and mental health here on campus and in the community,” Five for All Political Liaison Emily Honeysett said. “This joint partnership with the mayors’ offices gives us the opportunity to make a difference in the community.”
Students can get involved following Friday’s event by liking their social media. Find them on Facebook at Five for All TN and on Twitter and Instagram @FiveforAllTN.