Brothers and Friends, it’s officially Mental Health Awareness Week 2015! Take a minute this week and see what kind of programming your campus community is offering…and participate! If you haven’t already noticed all of the educational programming your campus hosts for it’s students then this week is the week to do it. In honor of MHAW, I would like to share with you all a post from former Director of Health and Safety Programming, Shawn Bennett, as he showcases one of our Brother’s stories. Read below to find out more!
Editor’s note: The article below was originally posted by Shawn Bennett on September 3, 2014.
People’s stories have a way of touching our heart. At one time or another we have all experienced it. We have been moved by a story that inspires, teaches, and molds us. In this short video, the Vice President of Health and Safety from our Beta Iota chapter at Arizona does just that. He touches our heart.
He courageously reveals his life with depression. But, as you will hear, his story has a redemptive quality to it. He shares about receiving a wonderful gift from his Fraternity and his chapter brothers who helped improve his depression and elevate his life. They were there when he needed them the most.
His story reminds us that there are brothers who are in need. They may be suffering in silence, and at first glance, it may be difficult to easily recognize them. But, they are there.
In the spirit of our Sacred Purpose movement, this real story calls us higher. This story calls us to look up, look out, look beyond, and look again. What do we see? Do we see a brother in need? What are we being called to do?
That brother wants us to see him. He needs us to hear his story. And, he hopes that we will step forward and play a role in his life.