Counseling Center to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day with music, flags


The university counseling center is located in room 102 in Foust Hall. [CM Life photo | file]

Next week, Central Michigan University’s Counseling Center is inviting students, staff and faculty to take part in raising awareness and emphasizing the importance of mental health during their "Mental Health Matters" campaign.

“We want to give students the opportunity to acknowledge mental health, decrease the stigma around it and encourage those to talk more openly about it,” Michelle Bigard, the Counseling Center’s associate director and outreach coordinator, said.

On Oct. 12, World Mental Health Day, the Counseling Center is partnering with Program Board to present musician Kai Roberts at 7 p.m in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. 

Roberts will perform a presentation called “Active Mic: Mental Health Through Music," in which he tells his mental health story. Through interactive dialogue and hip-hop music, Roberts interprets a battle with anxiety attacks and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to the Counseling Center website. Those attending can RSVP through Engage Central.

Throughout the week, people can write how they care for their mental health on a flag and plant it along the Central Parkway by the Park Library. The flags can be requested online

The Counseling Center can be contacted by phone at (989) 774-3381 or by email at for students who need resources or help with their mental health.