For More Information
Contact: Megan Papponetti, Nazareth College Assistant Director of Counseling at 585-389-2192.
In an effort to provide support for our students’ emotional wellness Nazareth is hosting Emotional Wellness Week from September 30 – October 5, 2012. A variety of events are planned including a headline lecture by Jordan Burnham, a noted public speaker on the topic of mental health issues and disorders that affect so many today. He will also take part in an emotional wellness panel discussion. Other events include participation in the Out of the Darkness walk and a showing of the film Mary and Max. For more information please contact Megan Papponetti, Nazareth College Assistant Director of Counseling at 585-389-2192.
Here’s a Listing of the Week’s Events:
The Out of Darkness walk will take place September 30, 2012 in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The bus leaves Nazareth at 11:30 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. The walk is at the Genesee Valley Park. Donations can be made either at the website www.outofthedarkness.org under the Nazareth College team name or drop donations off at the Student Wellness Center C/O Megan Papponetti. Checks can be made out to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and simply write Out of Darkness Walk in the memo.
Jordan Burnham from Active Minds Incorporated will be sharing his story with the Nazareth community on October 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Callahan Theater as well as participating in an emotional wellness panel discussion on October 2, 2012 at noon in the Nazareth forum. The wellness panel will consist of Burnham as well as Michael Scharf, Adolescent Psychiatrist from Strong Memorial Hospital and Renae Carapella-Johnson, Prevention and Survivor Specialist at Overcoming the Darkness.
Burnham is a noted public speaker on the topic of mental health issues and disorders that affect so many today. After a series of life events and pressures mounted, Burnham attempted to take his own life during his senior year of high school. His miraculous survival propelled him to begin to deal with his depression and learn healthier coping mechanisms. Over the past two years he has traveled the country educating students about depression, suicide, and coping mechanisms for young adults.
Burnham was honored as one of the “2010 Best Of Philly” for his work with mental health and speaking. He has been featured in major Philadelphia print, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and USA Today. He’s appeared on local and national broadcast news, appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, CNN, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, The Early Show and addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. He has been featured in three documentaries, including one titled No, Kidding Me Too! Which was directed by Emmy winning actor Joey Pantoliano. For more information regarding Burnham and his organization please visit his website: www.activeminds.org
A showing of the 2009 film Mary and Max starring Philip Seymour Hoffman will take place on October 3, 2012 at 9 p.m. in the Nazareth College Arts Center. Mary and Max is the true life story of two individuals that both struggle with emotional disorders such as body image issues, anxiety attacks and over eating. The film documents their journey together towards recovery.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.