EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A virtual concert to combat mental health stigmas is coming to UW-Eau Claire thanks to five students. The students coordinated the event to share the mental health resources available on campus. First News at Nine’s Jessica Mendoza explains why this issue is so important to the organizing students.
Classwork and group projects have functioned quite differently this year. Despite the challenges, one small group of students has its goals set beyond a good grade and hopes to make a real impact on their fellow students
UWEC freshman Noah Yerama said, “It’s called the Social Change Project. The goal behind it is to do something that creates positive change on the campus or in the community.”
Yerama and Samantha Will have worked with three other students for the Social Change Project, a part of the women of the civil rights movement class. They all had an interest in focusing their positive impact ideas toward mental health on campus.
Will said, “Especially with college students there a competition between everybody to constantly be on the grind, constantly be moving and working hard all the time.”
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The students recognize mental health can be tough to talk about and thought music could help.
“We know that music can be a good coping skill for many people and we also thought it would be a great way to showcase some of the local talents that we have here at Eau Claire,” said Will.
Months of planning by the students all come down to a virtual mental health awareness concert on Wednesday, November 18.
“I’m really proud of the way it’s all come together I’m really proud of our group,” said Yerama.
The event includes a range of musical performances, and the campus counseling services will offer helpful tips, including healthy coping skills.
Yerama said, “It’s still really hard to cope with not seeing anyone and not being able to go to any classes so we wanted to let people know what they can do on campus about that.”
“I think a lot of people are struggling and I hope this event shows that it’s okay to be struggling right now we are all struggling together,” said Will.
In Eau Claire, Jessica Mendoza, First News at Nine.