USU Campus Community Invited to Recognize World Mental Health Day Oct. 9

Utah State University joins millions of people around the world in recognizing World Mental Health Day Friday, October 9.  In conjunction with the Aggies Thrive initiative, the Office of Human Resources has planned several activities throughout the day for USU faculty, staff and students. 

While most activities take place at USU’s Logan campus, all activities may be attended virtually at any location. Participants are asked to wear purple in honor of the cause. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day, so the more you participate, the better your chances of winning. Remember to follow all necessary COVID-19 safety precautions and policies while in attendance.

The day begins with Yoga on the Quad at USU’s main campus in Logan from 11-11:45 a.m.  Those who do not wish to join in person, or who are unable to join in person, may live stream the class from the USU HR Facebook Page.

Next is a Lunch and Learn at noon with Jen Gorder, Ogden Regional’s clinical manager of Behavioral Health Services. The virtual event takes place on Zoom. Those interested in attending may register on USU’s HR website

Gaming enthusiasts may join in to chat about their favorite games or play Fall Guys on Slack from 1-2 p.m.  

Fitness follows with a High Fitness class on the Quad from 2-2:45 p.m. with the in-person or virtual option live stream from the USU HR Facebook Page

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Walking enthusiasts may join in on a USU Thrive Walk that takes place along Aggie Bullevard (700 North) on USU’s Logan campus all day. Walkers may stop by the USU Human Resources office for a treat. Those at USU statewide campus locations are invited to make their own local path and snap a photo to share on social media with the tag #USUAggiesThrive for a chance to be entered into a drawing and win a prize.

Those interested in receiving an online Well-being Assessment, may visit with the username: USU and password: EAP.

World Mental Health Day T-Shirts are available for sale online, beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, from the Aggies Thrive website. A global movement, Support Light Up Purple, asks everyone to share a purple light to show support for mental health.

Approximately 47 million American adults are experiencing a mental health illness. This equates to nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults living with a mental health illness. Aggies Thrive is a USU HR initiative designed to provide a comprehensive mental health support system for university employees and their loved ones.  

USU’s HR office hopes the campus community will join together to recognize those suffering or impacted by mental health issues. 

For more information USU’s World Health Day activities, visit the Aggies Thrive website at

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