Yesterday I wrote about how I went to The University of Iowa for our 20-year reunion.
We were all together to celebrate that special milestone and we were also there to help raise funds for our friend Jen’s University of Iowa endowment.
As I said yesterday, last year Jen died by suicide, after battling mental issues.
This endowment will help spread awareness and help with the prevention of mental illness. In addition, these funds will help low-income families receive pediatric dental care.
When I was in school, seeking help for anxiety or depression was considered a weakness. There was a stigma if you sought out help for mental health. Today, we have more information to us, and are being educated more about mental health.
The dental school has noticed that many students and others at the dental school, have struggled with anxiety and other mental stressors. They have hired professionals that help with those who struggle with mental illness.
At the reunion, I met the woman in charge of this program. She said that when she first came to the school, her office was placed in a very discrete part of the school.
Students would come in and out of her office quietly and discretely so nobody would see them. Today, she will have several students sitting outside her office waiting for her.
Many of the people that meet with her, were referred by another student or a faculty member.
The endowment in Jen’s name, will help increase the awareness of mental health and help remind us of the importance of taking care our mental health.
If you would like to contribute to the Dr. Jen Memorial Funding Campaign, please go to uigoldrush.org/drjen.
Visit us at mydente.com or call 773-292-1911 for more information.
Floss Like A Madman!
Emilio “Help For All” Couret