Weekly Anxiety Support Group
Breeana Barker, Psychology
Working with students on campus to engage with and build skills to better manage mental health, in a stigma-free community setting.
For my project, I served as a knowledgeable and relatable resource to students who were curious about the role anxiety plays in their lives. My supervisor and I had weekly programs that fostered conversations about how anxiety presents itself. We educated students on different components, such as fear and panic to provide anxiety management tools. We took into consideration the effects of remote learning by fostering community in challenging times and connected a small group of students.. One impactful outcome is the contribution support groups have in mental health populations. SUNY encourages stigma-free conversations about mental health by listening to the needs and concerns of their students and implementing meaningful action. Being so involved in this project taught me how important it is to not only share my experiences but listen to the experiences of others. I observed the ways our campuses approach mental health and as a student leader, I want to strive for community. For instance, I am an orientation leader and resident advisor, so I am a resource to students and families. This encompasses sharing the realities of mental health and providing support. As a resident advisor, I will plan programs that adhere to the wants and needs of my residents so they feel welcomed.. The PEARL process organized my project because I set expectations for myself. Those expectations added value to my experience and allowed me to reflect on my contributions. I believe that other students should take advantage of the resources and support we have while in college. We’re given the opportunity to step into our prospective fields and experience them in a variety of ways, which reflects greatly on our advancement as students.