True @ the U


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Written by Kelly Shearer | Journalism, Sociology | University of Iowa ’18

College can be a transitional and stressful time, and for many students also dealing with mental illness it’s important to remember there’s somewhere to turn for help—and that they’re not alone.

The University of Iowa Student Government partnered with Active Minds at the University of Iowa, a student-led organization on campus aiming to “change the conversation about mental health,” to launch the True@theU campaign. The campaign focused on opening and expanding the dialogue around mental health concerns by encouraging students, faculty, staff, and community members to share their personal stories, advice, and calls to action. 

As part of this campaign, nearly 20 UI students shared their stories about mental health in videos. Some shared deeply personal moments, while others discussed the importance of being an ally for those struggling with mental illness. 

UISG shared these videos throughout October 2016 as part of a month of activities surrounding mental health, but the hope is that hearing stories of mental health told by UI students encourages others at any time to reach out and seek help.  

UISG and Active Minds will continue to advocate for mental health awareness year-round and wants everyone to remember: You matter at UIowa. 

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#YouMatteratUIowa videos may be viewed at

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Counseling and mental health assistance is available at the UI through the University Counseling Services (for students), and the Faculty and Staff Services Employee Assistance Program (for faculty and staff),