H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Apr 14, 2013 5:35 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Cuesta College kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week Monday

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second most common cause of death among college-aged students.

To bring that rate down, Cuesta College is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Week.

The week kicks off Monday morning.

On Sunday morning, volunteers put out 1100 black flags, representing the average number of college-aged students that commit suicide every year.

Funding for the week came from a student mental health grant.

"We're trying to increase people's awareness about mental health in general and suicide prevention, and then also reduce the stigma around mental health so people feel safe to talk about what they're dealing with and know that Cuesta is a safe campus for that," said Kelsey Kehoe, Cuesta's Wellness Arts Program Coordinator.

The week continues through Thursday with a resource fair, health workshops, and a film showing.

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