Guest Speaker Brings Mental Health Message

Ross Szabo will present an On Track program entitled “Behind Happy Faces” at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Szabo is a mental health advocate, author and consultant. He was director of outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign from 2002-2010 and a member of the U.S. Peace Corps in Botswana from 2010-12.

According to his website, Szabo’s “Behind Happy Faces” program “reduces stigma, empowers others to seek help and educates people about mental health.”

Anticipated outcomes of attending the session include:

  • Ability to define mental health as how we address and balance the challenges in our lives
  • Consideration of the largest barriers preventing people from seeking help for mental health
  • Recognition of the different mental health challenges students are experiencing
  • Desire to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health by hearing a first-hand account of a person who is functioning well despite having a diagnosed mental health disorder
  • Identify the steps that are necessary to change ineffective coping mechanisms

On Track is an undergraduate co-curricular experience designed to enhance Arkansas Tech student development beyond the classroom setting, encourage students to network socially among peers and to include students in traditional and signature university events.

Learn more about On Track.