Western Kentucky University students struggling with mental health issues can now tap into an on-campus support group.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness is starting the free and confidential program which is available to students in all degree programs.
The group’s first meeting is Feb. 1 from 6:00-7:30pm in room 211 of the Academic Complex. Meetings will be held twice a month.
WKU Social Work Professor Jay Gabbard is the faculty member overseeing the group, along with trained NAMI staff.
He wants students to know that having a mental illness doesn’t mean they can’t succeed in school and in the workplace.
“I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 20, and through management of the illness over the years I’ve managed to have a successful life,” Gabbard said. “But I think it’s best to utilize a three-pronged approach: medication, therapy, and support resources.”