Rome is the home of three colleges and one university which are very active in the community.
Many of the students are away from their homes for the first time. The rigors of living independently and focusing
on studies often bring on stressors. Most deal with them admirably; however, some may be predisposed for a mental illness.
The onset of bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety seems to pop up in college years. Awareness of their
signs is critical; however, they are frequently missed or brushed off. Stigma is a driving factor in identifying
mental illness early and doing something about it. NAMI on Campus is a great way to fight stigma and create
an atmosphere of acceptance on college campuses. NAMI Rome has fostered relationships with area colleges
and hopes to put a fire on students to establish "NAMI on Campus' clubs.
Students at Berry College above and Shorter University (below) are shown at informational tables during Mental Illness Awareness Week 2013.
HOT OFF THE PRESS, FEB. 20, 2014
SHORTER UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STUDENTS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING A NAMI ON CAMPUS CLUB. NAMI ROME IS EAGER TO SUPPORT THE CLUB.
NAMI on Campus Website