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OCU Recognizes Mental Illness and Disabilities Awareness Week

Oklahoma City University will recognize Mental Illness and Disabilities Awareness Week with a screening of the video “Disordered: Thy Name is Teenager” at 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

The event is free to the public and will be held in the University Center near Florida Avenue and N.W. 25th Street.

“Disordered” is a video recording of a play that was written and performed by youth of the blank slate theatre in Minnesota. The play is about the effects of having a mental illness and the harm that can come from labeling people who suffer with it.

Marshall Andrew Glenn, a professor in the university’s Applied Behavioral Studies program, emphasized the importance of observing Mental Illness and Disabilities Awareness Week.

“A national study has found that mental illness and disabilities are prevalent among college-age students,” Glenn said. “For instance, the study found that one in three students reported having experienced prolonged periods of depression, and one in four reported having suicidal thoughts or feelings. This is a serious problem facing our nation’s future.”

A panel discussion will follow the video screening to highlight the main points and to answer questions about mental health and disabilities.

The University Counseling office is also bringing certified therapy dogs to campus from the New Leash on Life organization to provide stress relief during Mental Illness and Disabilities Awareness Week. The dogs will be at OCU from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and 12.