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A series of events around the theme: Challenging the Stigma – Mental Health and Wellness in College is coming to NIU thanks to Helping Huskies Thrive and Counseling and Consultation Services in collaboration with the School of Art and Design, Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, and Founders Memorial Library.

Challenging the Stigma: Mental Health and Wellness in College, an exhibition of NIU student artwork juried by Tara Wray will be held on the first floor of Founders Memorial Library at NIU from February 7-26.  There is an opening reception with light refreshments from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on February 7.

Tara Wray is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker based in rural Vermont. She is a regular contributor to Vice, BUST Magazine, and is photo editor of the literary journal Hobart. She created and curates Some Days Just Are, a collaborative photo series pairing together photographers from around the world to tell their stories simultaneously. Recently she launched the Too Tired Project, which aims to help those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression.

Beads of Hope Workshop: February 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come and create your own beads of hope bracelet to honor thosewho have been impacted by suicide and othermental health conditions. Materials to make bracelets will be provided.

Visiting Artist Presentations: February 26, 5 to 7 p.m.
Lisa Lindvay and Tara Wray will present their photographs, followed by a round-table discussion with the artists.

All events will be held on the first floor of the NIU Founders Memorial Library and are free and open to the public.

Image credit: Briana Anders, Blue Halo, 2019