ECSU promotes mental health

Nov. 8—WILLIMANTIC — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of adults ages 18 to 24 in the United States contemplated suicide last June.

For many, the issue has been magnified since the pandemic began, with colleges and universities particularly aware of the problem.

During a recent event at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, organizations on campus provided information about resources and activities to raise awareness about mental health issues among college students.

" Nationally, there are about 1,000 college- aged students who take their lives every year. So this is a prevention event helping students recognize that they're not alone," ECSU Coordinator of Wellness Education Sandi Rose-Zak said during Fresh Check Day recently.

The event was held in collaboration with the Jordan Porco Foundation, which is named after an 18- year- old Andover resident who committed suicide.

The foundation's mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health and create a message of hope for young adults, its website states.

Rose- Zak said the pandemic has been difficult for college students who have been separated from friends and there has been an increase in stress and anxiety among that age group.

She said when students recognize they're not alone, they're " more

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Nationally, there are about 1,000 college- aged students who take their lives every year. So this is a prevention event helping students recognize that they're not alone.

Sandi Rose-Zak