Healthy Husky initiative hosts mental awareness speaker

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of will present speaker Jordan Burnham from Minding Your Mind on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building Fireside Lounge.

Burnham will share the story of his struggle with depression and attempted suicide in hopes to convey the importance of awareness and stigma reduction. Along with sharing his story, he will conduct an informative session on suicide, mental health and disorders.

Burnham tells the story of how he, as a high school student, seemed to have it all. A popular student athlete, he was elected Freshman Class President, got good grades and had a loving family, including an older sister he adored. But the smiling happy face was a mask he wore to cover the anxiety and depression that lay beneath the surface — fear that he wasn’t good enough, difficulty with the transition into high school, pressure to excel academically as well as in sports.

Soon he was drinking and his grades were falling, and he was finally diagnosed with depression. A year later, he found himself in a treatment center, and not long after that, in a hospital bed, following his attempt to end his life by free-falling from his ninth floor bedroom window.

Now, Burnham speaks out about his struggles, a messenger of hope for others that although we can’t choose the things that happen to us we can choose how we cope with them. With a combination of talk therapy and medication, physical exercise and a wide support network of family, friends and fellow advocates, Jordan copes with depression in healthy positive ways, living the example that everyone should feel confident about seeking and accepting help.

This presentation is sponsored by the Healthy Husky initiative and is free and open to the campus community.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.