Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- School Program
- General Public
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Event 1: De-stress Paint Night Event 2: PTSD Speaker Event Event 3: Outdoors activity Without first event, the goal was to give a presentation on the importance of managing stress and tips to manage stress for pharmacy students. Dinner was provided so students could eat during the presentation, and students were also provided materials to paint and de-stress after eating. This event was successful as it was during midterm season, allowing students to get their mind off of studying and focus on other stimulating and relaxing activities. Our second event was planned with a professor at the University of the Pacific who specialized in psychiatry. This event did not have much attendance, although it was open to the public. The committee needed more exposure to the community, but pharmacy students also benefited from learning about PTSD and how PTSD is treated. Our third event was an outdoors activity, which asked students to write what mental health meant to them, and the things that they did in order to look after their mental health. The emphasis here was the critical role that exercise plays in helping manage stress and improve a persons mental health .
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Other Publicity Methods:
A quick presentation between classes about BAW and MHAC's events throughout the year was provided.
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
- More Mindbogglers!
- Staying Sharp Bookmark
- BAW Stickers
- BAW Pencils
- Brain-shaped Erasers
- The Mindboggling Workbook
- Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Flyer
- BAW Logos
- BAW Web site banner
- BAW Facebook Cover Photo
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
BAW participation benefits our organization because the supplies they provided allowed people to see that mental health is important and an actual health concern that people should be involved in. It showed that there are relevant organizations that are meant to spread awareness about how people can look after their mental health and the impact that it has on not just a few, but many individuals.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Future events should utilize social media to spread awareness about any events; this platform makes sharing easier and allows the spread of relevant information more quickly among a higher amount of people.
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
Yes, it was helpful in helping our committee determine things that we can do that other people might be interested in learning about. For future content I would suggest including relevant materials like TedTalks or documentaries about mental health, and topics like how exercise or certain diets and exercise can help with mental health.