Hundreds of students and community members gathered at Springfield College Thursday night to talk about mental health.
Mental health advocates Jessie Close and her son, Calen Pick, spoke at the Field House as part of the college’s Arts and Humanities Speaker Series. The pair shared their personal experiences with mental illness and discussed their efforts to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding it.
The free event was open to the public and intended to give students a little bit of inspiration ahead of Fridays homecoming.
Springfield College’s President Mary-Beth Cooper told 22News, “Mental health issues today are of great concern to many of us. In particular, those of us that run college campuses, but in general, issues around depression, what’s happening in the world today. I can’t think of a more important topic for the community to really think about, talk about and we provide that opportunity.”
This marks the fifth year of the college’s Arts and Humanities Speaker Series.
Past speakers include New York Times best-selling author Mitch Albom and Grammy Award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo.