VESTAL (WBNG) – The focus was on mental health at Binghamton University Tuesday.
The Roosevelt Institute Blueprint Mental Health Initiative hosted its very first mental health fair at the university.
The event focused on spreading awareness to students about on- and off-campus resources.
Featured in the event was a small panel of mental health professionals that discussed the stigma surrounding mental health and the importance of keeping yourself healthy.
“My favorite analogy is when you’re on an airplane, people always say to adjust your own oxygen mask before you help others,” said Roisin Debonis, a student at BU. “You always have yourself for the rest of your life, you are alone with your thoughts. You can’t really be of much help or get much done unless you help yourself first and you take care of yourself and you’re happy.”
Among the groups there was a community resource, the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.
It works to enhance the lives of all community residents by improving mental health and wellness.