Mental Health Fair impacts MSU campus

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MINOT, N.D. - Minot State University students say they are no longer sitting back when it comes to mental health issues.

Sometimes just talking to someone can go a long way. It's one of the reasons why Paul Stroklund came to speak about addiction.

"I never talked about my daughter that has an addiction and now that I come out and talk about it, it helps me, it's helping her, it helps other people with addictions that they don't have to be ashamed," said Paul Stroklund, event panelist for Mayor's Committee on Addiction.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says more than 75 percent of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 24, which is why college is such a critical time.

"One in ten college students make a plan to commit suicide and we don't want to be quiet about it and we don't want to see those people missing from classrooms," said Maggie Flinn, Don't Sit in Silence Mental Health Fair organizer.

"Life is not a great experience, but when you have people who will help you and a good support system in place; it gets a lot better," said Hannah Nantt and Gaa Re, MSU Prism.

This is the second year the Don't Sit in Silence mental health fair has hit the Minot State campus.

"When I saw these dogs I just lit up because I love dogs. I've been dealing with anxiety and depression for most of my life so it's kind of cool to see that there's resources around us that will help," said Bryana Guzman, MSU junior.

"This event really shows the students here in Minot State that they're are people to listen. There is a way for you, an outlet, there are options for you other than sitting in your dorm room struggling," said Jesse Johnson, MSU junior.

Hoping to make change during a person's formative years.

If you missed the fair and panel, that's OK, there are mental health resources listed on the Minot State University website.