Come Learn about Mental Health at the VolAware Street Fair

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Mental health is an important aspect of everyone’s life that should not be ignored. Come learn about how to get help when you need it and how to get help for others at this year’s VolAware Street Fair.

Vol Aware logoVolAware Street Fair includes a day of games and activities such as mental health "Jeopardy!" and the inner child play center and booths staffed by mental health, wellness and professional development organizations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tomorrow on the University Center Plaza. There also will be QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training sessions, mental health screenings, a yoga class, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) demonstrations and a workshop on "What Can I Do with a Major in the Helping Professions?"

The VolAware Street Fair is hosted by the UT Counseling Center and the Safety, Environment and Education (SEE) Center. UT faculty, staff and students helped plan the events. Head football coach Phillip Fulmer appeared on advertisements for the event on WBIR. Fulmer is the national spokesman for The Jason Foundation, a youth suicide prevention organization based in Hendersonville.

There are a variety of resources available on campus for students, faculty and staff as part of VolAware.

The Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling for individuals, couples and groups. The Dean of Students Office acts as a clearinghouse for students to connect with services on campus, and a case manager is available to help students. The university has provided faculty and staff with a protocol to help distressed students. Faculty, staff and students can call 974-HELP to report concerns about someone else.

For more information and a full schedule of events, go to http://volaware.utk.edu/.

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