From left, Brandon Elefante, Kymberly Miyoshi, Mara J. Pike, Roy Amemiya, Jr., Trystin Nakayama, Allyson Tanouye, and Richard Mizusawa.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) has received a lot of recognition in the first half of 2017 from campus and government leaders for its in efforts to raise mental health awareness.

From left, Lori Ideta, Senator Stanley Chang and Allyson Tanouye.

The CSDC celebrated UH Mānoa Mental Health and Wellness Week in April with student activities. The highlight of the week was a college mental health and wellness luncheon, which featured a keynote speech by State Senator Stanley Chang and informal roundtable discussions with CSDC counselors. At the luncheon, Chang presented a senate certificate to CSDC Director Allyson Tanouye recognizing and congratulating the CSDC for its inaugural UH Mānoa Mental Health and Wellness Week.

“Mental health is just as important as your physical health, and we need to have conversations around it to begin reducing the stigma it has both on our college campuses and in our communities,” said Chang. “I congratulate Dr. Tanouye and her team for all the work they do for students and am eager to see the many mental health and wellness initiatives that will take place in the near future.”

CSDC was also presented a proclamation by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilmember Brandon Elefante that proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in the City and County of Honolulu.

“It is an honor to have our state leaders recognize the mental health of our students and the importance of addressing them wholeheartedly,” said Tanouye. “We are committed to continue our efforts in providing excellent mental health services for our students.”