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Advisory: Media invited to forum on college mental health issues

April 4, 2008

As the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings approaches, considerable attention has been focused on college mental health issues.  Wake Forest will host the forum “College of the Overwhelmed: Facing Facts, Finding Solutions” April 7 to explore some of those issues.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall at Scales Fine Arts Center.  The event is free and open to the public.   

The event, part of the university’s Voices of Our Time series, will feature Richard Kadison, chief of the Mental Health Service at Harvard and author of the book “College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It,” as the keynote speaker.  A panel discussion, featuring Kadison and the directors of the counseling centers at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, will focus on six key topics:  putting the problem in perspective, modifying the culture of pressure, identifying emotional challenges in college, reconciling privacy and group safety, recognizing warning signs and knowing how to help. 

“The reality is that many young adults enter college with problems and concerns that only increase with the pressure and competitive nature of the college environment,” said Samuel T. Gladding, chair of Wake Forest’s counseling department and one of the organizers of the event.  “We planned the conference to help college faculty and staff, parents, students and counselors learn more solution-focused ways that can help students who may be discontent or struggling with their college experience.” 

Media interested in arranging interviews with participants while they are on campus, should contact the News Service at (336)-758-5237.  UNC-TV will videotape the event and will provide feeds if needed for broadcast media.  Cameras can set up in the back of Brendle Recital Hall.

Arrangements can also be made for media to cover the participants as they meet with students earlier in the day.

Additional details about the topics and speakers are available at

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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