USF students use the arts to address mental health issues

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Student mental health and mental illness are not new topics, but there is a new approach to dealing with it, whereby USF faculty work with students to serve as a means of coping.


This new path goes through a special performance at the school on Friday night called, That’s my brave, college editioninvolving, singers, dancers and poets to express themselves.

USF senior Emilee Carreras uses dance to get her message across.

“I asked one of my teachers here to talk about a meditation on the track. And so I invite the public to either enjoy the show and watch, or close their eyes and participate in the meditation “, she said.

She practiced her routine in the USF dance studio, determined to get it right.

“So the piece I’m actually doing is entirely improvised, which means it’s all freestyle,” Carreras said.

She said her dancing gives her a chance to reflect on her sanity. And she hopes it will do the same for the others at the, “He’s my brave” mental health event.

“I often have anxiety and I think it comes from the idea of ​​having to reach the state of perfection, Carreras said. “When you get into that very busy mindset, it’s kind of like it leads to overthinking, anxiety, that I have to get to that level of perfection in achieving the pitch order. to succeed.”

Partly for this reason, she jumped at the chance to perform on the show “This Is My Brave” where students tell their stories of coping with mental illness.

“I love that we can bring the arts and where we can bring dance and this different form of communication and we can bring joy and passion in a way that raises mental health awareness for everyone and normalizes to talk about it, not a bit to put it aside,” Carreras said.

It’s a message she hopes to feel long after she leaves the dance floor. Some of the same classmates she rubs shoulders with on campus will run what courage is for them and their sanity.

The This Is My Brave, College Edition show begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the USF Theater located at 3755 Holly Drive in Room 101. Students and the public are welcome to attend.

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