Depression and anxiety are huge problems for the nation’s college students. Each year 1,100 college students die by suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among the college-aged population.

Stigma around mental health issues often keeps sufferers from getting the help they need. In any given year, about 25 percent of  Americans have diagnosable mental or substance use disorders, but only 40 percent of them seek treatment.

UNCG’s new mental health awareness campaign — spearheaded by the university’s Wellness Center in Student Health Services — takes aim at that stigma. “It’s OK to ASK” is the campaign’s new tagline.

Numerous events throughout September will mark Mental Health Month, including lectures, film showings, and a comedy performance. For a full schedule of events, visit

For help or information about resources, call the Wellness Center at 336-334-3190.