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SIH and SIU team up to overcome behavioral health stigma

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A panel featuring SIH professionals, SIU-Carbondale athletes and administrators from SIU Student Health Services participated in a webinar Wednesday to review the challenges students and the community at large face with behavioral and mental health disorders.

Saluki soccer player Mia Edwards said her decision to take part in the panel discussion was based on the importance of helping people come to terms with who they are.

"We forget that we're human. We forget that we have feelings and it's not always about what our work is or what our purpose in our jobs and athletics is. We forget that we have emotions and feelings that we also need to pay attention to."

Dr. Abby Bilderback is director of SIU-C's Counseling and Psychological Services. She says it's important for students to get connected.

"If a student comes in to counseling and they're new to the campus or have been relatively isolated, we will talk to them about what are you interested in? What's your major? What are your hobbies? Then (we) look at registered student organizations, living learning communities in University Housing. We have a student Multi-Cultural Resource Center."

For the community at large, SIH offers resources such as Second Act and grief support.

To watch the webinar, click here.

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