Events

Tabling Events

The UChapter holds tabling events throughout the school year. Typically, our tabling events feature us having a table set up on Anniversary Plaza of the Main Quad. We have information about TWLOHA and what we do as well as resources.

We also have students fill out different response cards that TWLOHA has used. Some examples of response cards we are:

  • Fears vs. Dreams (What’s your biggest fear? What’s your greatest dream?)
  • We’ll See You Tomorrow: “You’ll see me tomorrow because…” (National Suicide Prevention Week 2015)
  • “10 years from now, I hope to…” (TWLOHA’s 10th anniversary)

Each response card is photographed and then compiled into a video that features everyone’s responses.

Charity Events/Walks

Our biggest events of the school year aren’t ones we host; rather, they’re ones the UChapter participates in.

We have participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Champaign-Urbana Out of the Darkness Walk as well as the National Eating Disorders Association’s Champaign-Urbana Walk. For each one, we create a team fundraising page and have our members donate/share the page with friends and family to help raise money for the respective causes.

Speakers

When money permits, we will bring in speakers to hold lectures about mental health.

In February 2016, mental health advocate and comedian Kevin Breel came to the UIUC campus to speak about his experience with mental health and to help promote his book, “Boy Meets Depression.” He also signed copies of his book after his lecture.

The UChapter raised money and received funds from different organizations to help offset the costs of bringing Kevin to our campus.

In November 2016, Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, visited the UIUC campus as part of the “One Book One Campus” program. His book, “If You Feel Too Much,” was selected as the choice for the 2016-17 school year. As such, the university brought Jamie to Champaign-Urbana to give a lecture. He, too, signed copies of his book following his lecture. The event happened soon after the expanded edition of his book was released.

Because Jamie came for “One Book One Campus,” the UChapter played no part in actually getting him to come to campus. However, we helped promote the event and had a table at the book signing, giving visitors a chance to learn more about the UChapter and what we do.