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Public Invited to JCC Mental Health Awareness Events

Jefferson Community College (JCC) Student Activities Center has organized a week dedicated to increase mental health awareness with daily scheduled activities. Themed “It’s a Beautiful Week,” JCC’s mental health awareness events are open to the public and free admission.  

It’s a Beautiful Week will kick off on Monday, February 27 with a  Mental Health Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater and the Jules Center Commons. The 4-hour interactive program developed by Reese Butler, founder of 1-800-SUICIDE and the National Hopeline Network, will focus on suicide prevention and encourages JCC students to share their feelings in a safe environment. The mental health fair features two documentaries- Reasons to Live and Bullied; hands on activities; and suicide prevention training using a Question, Persuade and Refer approach. Students will have an opportunity to sign the 8 foot by 3 foot Cannoneers Care Graffiti art board.

An inspirational lecture by actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at 12:20 p.m. in Sturtz Theater, McVean Center. Mitchell will share his personal experience surviving a spinal cord injury in 2001 which left him paralyzed from the waist down. His lecture will impress upon the audience a positive message to keep moving forward in life. In addition to playing the character Eli in the NBC series, Ed, Mitchell has appeared on the big screen in Boomerang, House Party 2, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Black Knight.

On Wednesday, February 29, JCC will host Faces of War at 12:20 p.m. in the Student Lounge, McVean Student Center featuring war veteran Jennifer Crane.  Having served in Afghanistan and Iraq, Crane shares her personal perspective about the affects of war and will broach the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A moment of gratitude will be held for veterans who did not return home as well as those who did.

The week will conclude with a rockin’ time when the Fort Drum Army Rock Band performs on Thursday, March 1 at 12:20 p.m. in the Student Lounge, McVean Center.

For more information about JCC’s mental health awareness events, contact the JCC Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431.


  • Monday, Feb. 27      Mental Health Fair/ 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / Sturtz Theater and Jules Center Commons
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28    Inspirational Lecture by Daryl “Chill” Mitchell / 12:20 p.m. / Sturtz Theater
  • Wednesday, Feb. 29   Faces of War / 12:20 p.m. / Student Lounge, McVean Center
  • Thursday, Mar. 1         Fort Drum Army Rock Band / 12:20 p.m. / Student Lounge, McVean Center