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Common Read 2016: Books

Resources to support the Common Read for 2016, Boy Meets Depression.


9/6 - Common Read Kickoff - Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union, 7pm

An engaging, interactive introduction to Boy Meets Depression and our theme RAISE: Resilience, Awareness, Identity, Support, and Expression.


9/12-13 - RAISE Up - 11:00 am - 1 pm, Main Street, University Student Union

A main (street) event designed to introduce students to representatives from the many campus and community resources.


9/21 - NAMI: In-Our-Own Voice - 7 pm, Bailey Rotunda D

Members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will describe the reality of living with mental illness by sharing their unique and powerful personal stories.  Sponsored by NAMI Sioux Falls.


9/26 - Health Professions Panel - 7 pm, Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union

Professionals representing a variety of health care professions will shed light on providing care to those affected by mental illness.


9/27 - Note to Self - 7 pm, Wagner Hall 208

This hands-on session introduces participants to written and art journaling as a means of self-exploration and expression.  Includes examples, methods and recent scientific evidence for the efficacy of journaling. Participation is guaranteed for the first 40 participants to arrive.


10/3 - Depression is NOT a Choice: A Panel Discussion - 6:30 pm, Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 3rd Street, 3rd Floor Chambers

Panelists include Chad Adamson, Mickelson Middle School Counselor; Phyllis Arends, NAMI Sioux Falls; Madeleline Carrol-Schaal, PA-C, East Central Behavioral Health; Lieutenant Justina Diamond, Brookings Police Department; Teressa Karl, Be! A Lifesaver; Matthew Stanley, DO, Avera Behavioral Health Center; Moderator - Lowell Haag, Brookings Empowerment Project, Inc.  Attendees are welcome to join a candlelight walk hosted by NAMI Brookings & Sioux Falls following the forum.


10/6 - Student Panel - 7 pm, Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union

SDSU Students and recent graduates will share their stories, bringing a campus perspective and points of connection with Boy Meets Depression.


10/11 - Common Read Film: The Documentary "Happy" - 7 pm, Larson Memorial Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center

The screening of award winning documentary "Happy" will offer global perspectives on finding happiness.  Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.


10/25 - Griffith Honors Forum Lecture - 7 pm, Larson Memorial Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center

Writer Comedian, and mental health activist, author and inspiration of oru common read, Kevin Breel, will share his compelling story at the Griffith Honors Forum Lecture. Free tickets required for admission, available on the Common Read page of the SDSU website beginning September 12. Sponsored by the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College.


11/1 - Hunger Banquet - Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union, 7 pm

Hunger Banquet tickets are available from 8am-4pm, M-F), Honors College office (119 Honors Hall).  Tickets are $2.00 each….cash or Hobo Dough only (no checks or credit cards). 

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Emergency Contact Information

SDSU is committed to supporting the mental health needs of our students.  Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services offers FREE, confidential counseling services. Please visit or call 688-6146 to schedule an appointment.  Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services is located in the Wellness Center.  Our hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

If you need to reach a mental health provider after 5:00 pm or on weekends please call University Police Department at (605) 688-5117 and ask to speak to the counselor-on-call. 

The National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is available as a resource to students.  This service may also be reached via Text 4 Hope by texting “SDSU” to 898211. 



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