This week, through Saturday, Oct. 10, is Lawrence’s Mental Health Awareness Week. During the week, Counseling Services and Student Wellness Committee put on a variety of events to raise awareness of Mental Health issues. The week got off to a great start with the National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K Walk, put on by NAMI Fox Valley. According to the Lawrence Counseling Services team, about 10 Lawrence students took part, winning the “most spirited” award. Sunday, Oct. 4, Wellness Committee screened the movie “Prozac Nation,” a movie based on a book about a teenager who battles depression while at college. Students had the opportunity Wednesday to hear a panel comprised of student, faculty and staff speakers talking about their own experiences dealing with health issues. National Depression Screening Day took place Thursday. The Lawrence Counseling Services team met with students on the second floor of the Warch Campus Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then again from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. During these meetings, the Counseling Services team handed out surveys and pamphlets. After taking the survey, students received a free, five-minute confidential consultation to go over the results of the survey. Counseling Services itself is located in the Landis Health Center, and counseling is available free of charge for any Lawrence student. “We’re really about taking care of yourself beyond your grades,” said Assistant Director of Counseling Services Paul Valencic, who is also Lawrence’s alcohol education coordinator. “Wellness and balance” are key components of student health, Valencic stressed. Counseling is confidential. In the 2008-09 school year, 17 percent of Lawrence students received counseling services at some point. Among the most commonly listed issues were stress and relationships. Students can reach Counseling Services at 920-832-6574, or by walking over to the center. The team is available for walk-in appointments Monday through Friday, while the center is open. In addition, the Lawrence University Wellness Committee meets Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Kraemer Room of the Warch Campus Center to discuss wellness and health at Lawrence. If you are searching for information on mental health, stress relief, sexual health, nutrition, body image or a variety of other wellnessrelated topics, the group is always looking for new members.