Brain Awareness Week

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University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

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University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

3

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • Workshop
  • Other: Mental Health Awareness T-Shirts

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

400

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We had a psychologist from David Grant Medical Center at the Travis Air Force Base come and speak to pharmacy students on campus. The presentation revolved around suicide; signs of someone potentially thinking of committing suicide, as well as what you can do for these individuals. The presentation also addressed positive coping skills. We also held a meditation event. Many of the pharmacy students on campus are often really stressed and this can lead to their brain not working optimally. This event was held by a psychologist and it was a 90 minute meditation lecture/session. Students were informed of the benefits meditation can have on one’s life as well as a 60 minute meditation session. This was a really fun/relaxing way for students to get in tune with their brain and to deal with stress. Our third event lasted throughout the entire week. We bought various plain t-shirts and markers. Students were then encouraged to come to a classroom where they could confidentially write a message on a shirt. This can range from personal experiences with mental illnesses to giving supportive messages to those who may be suffering from mental illnesses on campus. We then collected the shirts every day and hung them up on campus on a clothesline for all students to see. The goal of this was to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and make students aware that they are not alone in their struggles. Overall our events were very successful. Because we are a mental health committee, many of our events revolve around mental health topics.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

I believe that social media was most effective. Many people are always checking their social media so it is very easy to give reminders that way.

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Flyer

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

I feel that BAW benefited students on the graduate campus. Students were able to learn ways to maintain a healthy brain and were also positively impacted by the messages spread around campus on the t-shirts.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Michelle Webb

Contact Phone:

5628416760

Contact Email:

m_webb4@u.pacific.edu

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