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October brings Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5, 2010

Photo of a small-group discussionIn 1990, Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. Since its inception, advocates have used this week to highlight the importance of mental health. 

As October begins, NIU’s Counseling and Student Development Center wants to remind the NIU community of its services.

The center provides services that are completely confidential and free for students. Individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation on mental health issues and workshops on a wide range of topics all are offered.

Current counseling groups include:

  • Emotional Healing, a structured group to help students better manage their emotions.
  • Healing Huskies, a safe place for students to talk about any kind of loss in their life. 
  • Survivor Strength, for survivors of sexual violence and/or abusive relationships.
  • Men are Good, a group to share understandings of what it means to be men.

For more information, call (815) 753-1206, visit or come to the office at Campus Life Building Room 200.