More on the sessions

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Visit our registration page to register and get the Zoom details and join in in-between sessions for music related to our mental health!

Day 1 Monday July 5th

11 AM - 11:30 AM  Opening remarks
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  
Put your oxygen mask on first
Speaker: Ananya Cleetus (she/her/hers)

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM   Research and experiences as a student and faculty member with bipolar disorder
Speaker: Dr. Ren VanderLind (she/they)

What will this session be about and involve?

This session will address the experiences of college students with mental illness from the lens of two individuals with bipolar disorder in addition to general trends among a university-wide sample of students with varying mental illnesses. The presenter will also share their personal experiences as both a student and faculty member. Time will be allotted for attendees to share their experiences.

Why do you want to host this session?

Mental illness has been a part of my life since middle school, and I devoted my dissertation to studying how it affects college students. It’s important to me to share my research and personal experiences to help others learn about mental illness in academia and perhaps help others share their stories.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM   How did the pandemic affect our mental health? (open floor session)

Speaker: Aydin Ivan Herik (he/him)

What will this session be about and involve?

This session will be a facilitated open floor discussion with participants on the topic of pre and post pandemic mental health changes. The focus of this session will be on getting participants to reflect on how the pandemic not only caused a decline in mental health, but how it may have contributed to developing a participant’s mental health.

Why do you want to host this session?

This session is important to me because I went from shutting myself out from everyone with the excuse of social distancing and quarantine to a lot of self reflection and healing. As a result, I

have been able to come out of this pandemic with a better and clearer mind. However, I want to

hear about other individuals stories as well and how they feel now that restrictions are coming to

a close.

6:00 PM - 6:40 PM   Speed friending

Day 2  Tuesday July 6th

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Mental health in immigrant households
Speakers: Hibah Faheem (she/they), Toni Benson (he/they), Adesua Egbase (she/her)

What will this session be about and involve?

This session will be about the struggles of living with immigrant families. Everyone will be free to share their stories and opinions regarding this topic. We will discuss ways in which we can talk to our parents about mental health and how we can get help without involving them. We will also participate in a couple activities which will involve expressing ourselves and being heard and changing the way we think about our own mental health.

Why do you want to host this session?

We would like to host this session because we all have mental illnesses and live with immigrant parents. Therefore, we understand how difficult it can be. We would like to create a safe space for people to share their stories, express themselves, and hear some helpful advice on how to deal with these situations!


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM   Mark Russel from Citizen Rage on his mental health struggles

Speaker: Mark Russell (he/him)

What will this session be about and involve?

My talk is about my personal struggle with bullying and the ongoing battle with  my own mental health, how I personally deal with my past and the proactive ways to move forward and be a positive member of my community. 

Why do you want to host this session?

So other people can here my words and know they are not alone. If I can reach 1 person with my story then fingers crossed it helps them fight through whatever  they might be dealing with.  


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Racism & mental illness

Speakers: Kandace Peroramas (she/her) & Hibah Faheem (she/they)

5:00 PM - 5:40 PM • Speed Friending 

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Transitioning, sexuality & mental illness

Speaker: Coe Hackl (they/them)

What will this session be about and involve?

This session will involve sharing my experience receiving mental health treatment as a member of the

LGBTQ2S community, and how coming out and transitioning impacted my mental health.

Why do you want to host this session?

When I was struggling with my mental health and identity, I didn't know anyone who was like me and shared my experiences. It is important for people struggling to know that they're not alone, and people whose loved ones are struggling need resources tobetter understand what they're going through. I hope that my experiences will help my community feel seen, and help our allies relate to us more.

Day 3  Wednesday July 7th

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Bullying as a source of mental disorders
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   Persistent Depressive Disorder throughout undergrad
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM • Speed friending 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
What does ADHD truly look like?

Day 4  Thursday July 8th

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Less discussed mental disorders (antisocial personality disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and more)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   Words from the founder: What does it mean to really accept our (or others’) illnesses as real illnesses?
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Closing remarks
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Mingling / speed friending