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Talk On:

Talk On is an initiative to stop mental illness stigma by having KSU students, faculty, and staff share their personal experiences (through story, song lyrics, poetry, drawings, and/or photos) with mental illness. There are many reasons to share personal experiences with mental illness (to show others they are not alone, to encourage others to seek help, to show that recovery is possible, to give yourself a way to express your feelings, etc.). And/or be a mental health ally and take the survey to write a message of support to anyone living with a mental illness, or someone who may be struggling. 

Join us Wednesday, April 21st at 6pm EST to view all submissions of artwork, and ally statements. Maybe you will see your own! You DO NOT have to submit to Talk On to come to this event. Help us eliminate mental illness stigma by learning about mental health, and how to reduce stigma. Please click here to register: 

Talk On 2021

Create Awareness: 

Create Awareness was a collaborative effort between the College of Public Health Center for Public Policy and Health’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Use, School of Art, University Libraries, and Student Accessibility Services. Students drew inspiration from written submissions to Talk On and created pieces of art. The art was displayed on the first floor of the University Library outside of the Student Accessibility Services offices from March 2019 through April 2019 (the exhibit is now closed). 

Create Awareness was recently included in the National Museum of Mental Health Project. 

If you have questions about Create Awareness, please contact Dr. Kim Laurene or Dr. Deric Kenne at

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Talk On Submissions: 

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:55pm
“You never have to feel afraid and alone.  Someone is always just a phone call or cry away.  Do not let your past or present situation overwhelm you and isolate you.  Be brave and speak up--find a friend or counselor to talk to. You are special; you are valuable; you are unique;...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:50pm
“After almost ten years without therapy or medication, a chronic health problem began to seriously impact my mental health. Seeing a therapist again after so long was nerve-wracking, but made a world of difference. Working to prioritize my mental health also meant being okay with...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:48pm
“Stand Strong You are not alone, your voice counts, you matter, you are supported. Stand Strong” --Sandi, Faculty/Staff