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“Listen With Me” takes mental health awareness to social media

There is no shortage of dialogue about mental health on campus. The Chancellor’s Office and Vanderbilt Student Government have both facilitated dialogue on the subject in an attempt to create a healthier campus culture. The “Go There” campaign provides a forum for students to break the stigma surrounding mental health and getting help. The Hustler has a column dedicated to mental health issues. This year, the Psychological Counseling Center is being transitioned into the University Counseling Center to better accommodate the new short term model of care.

However, several Vanderbilt undergraduates saw the potential for mental health awareness to spread through another platform: social media.

“It originally got started with a small group of people just thinking about mental health on campus and really wanting to, you know, promote more open conversation,” said Kyle Gavulic, one of the students who was part of the inception of the campaign.  

Gavulic describes the founders of “Listen With Me” as a group of friends, many of whom had personally dealt with mental health challenges. Since the campaign’s inception, the student leader have been collaborating with the Chancellor’s “Go There” initiative, VSG’s Mental Health Roundtable and the Center for Student Wellbeing’s Imperfection Project.

To spread the word about de-stigmatizing mental health, Listen With Me is asking students to create sixty to ninety-second videos featuring a domino effect of some sort. If you would like to make a video, here are a few helpful guidelines. You should start with the phrase, “I’m here to listen, and here’s why,” before explaining why you support mental health awareness. You should then thank three people who have supported you, and challenge those three people to make a video as well with the words, “Will you listen with me?”. Finally, set off your domino effect. Videos should be posted to Facebook with the hashtags #ListenWithMe and #GoThereVandy.

The “Listen With Me” campaign raises awareness by promoting a social media video campaign on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)

Gavulic hopes that Listen With Me will ultimately encourage Vanderbilt students to stop covering up their mental health challenges, and openly discuss them with others.

“We’re just putting that ‘perfect self’ out, when really we’re all human and we should be talking about or mental health like we talk about our physical health,” he said.

The “Listen With Me” campaign raises awareness with a demonstration outside of Rand on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)

IN PHOTOS: Students brave snow to attend classes

Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Despite inches of snow and freezing temperatures, most classes went on as scheduled. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Despite inches of snow and freezing temperatures, most classes went on as scheduled. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Despite inches of snow and freezing temperatures, most classes went on as scheduled. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Despite inches of snow and freezing temperatures, most classes went on as scheduled. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Despite inches of snow and freezing temperatures, most classes went on as scheduled. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snow hits the Vanderbilt campus on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler)
Snowy weather visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler)

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Basketball, sorority recruitment, snow & more

Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball loses to Tennessee 92-84 January 9, 2018 at Memorial Gym. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
The Vanderbilt Commodores fall to the University of Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
The Vanderbilt Commodores fall to the University of Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
Saben Lee takes a shot while falling during the game on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo by Hunter Long)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball loses to Tennessee 92-84 January 9, 2018 at Memorial Gym. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball loses to Tennessee 92-84 January 9, 2018 at Memorial Gym. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Vanderbilt women participate in Formal Sorority Recruitment on Sunday, January 14, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Saben Lee drives to the basket during the game on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo by Hunter Long)
Snow day on the Vanderbilt campus as Nashville is hit with snow and ice on January 12, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
The Vanderbilt Mens Basketball Team plays the University of Tennessee in Memorial Gym on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow day on the Vanderbilt campus as Nashville is hit with snow and ice on January 12, 2018. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball loses to Tennessee 92-84 January 9, 2018 at Memorial Gym. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Vanderbilt Off-Broadway presents Green Day’s “American Idiot” in Blair’s Ingram Hall from Thursday, January 11 through Saturday January 13, 2018 (Photo by Emily Goncalves).
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball loses 74-67 to Kentucky January 13, 2018 at Memorial Gym. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
The Vanderbilt Commodores fall to the University of Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. (Photo by Brent Szklaruk)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
The Vanderbilt Mens Basketball Team plays the University of Tennessee in Memorial Gym on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Vanderbilt cancels classes on Friday, January 12, 2018 due to inclement weather (Photo by Emily Goncalves).
Vanderbilt Off-Broadway presents Green Day’s “American Idiot” in Blair’s Ingram Hall from Thursday, January 11 through Saturday January 13, 2018 (Photo by Madison Lindeman).
Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball loses to Tennessee 92-84 January 9, 2018 at Memorial Gym. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Vanderbilt Off-Broadway presents Green Day’s “American Idiot” in Blair’s Ingram Hall from Thursday, January 11 through Saturday January 13, 2018 (Photo by Emily Goncalves).
Vanderbilt women participate in Formal Sorority Recruitment on Saturday, January 13, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)

Photos by Claire Barnett, Emily Goncalves, Madison Lindeman, Ziyi Liu, Hunter Long and Brent Szklaruk // The Vanderbilt Hustler

IN PHOTOS: Snow & ice blanket Vanderbilt

Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Ziyi Liu)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Vanderbilt cancels classes on Friday, January 12, 2018 due to inclement weather (Photo by Emily Goncalves).
Snow and ice cover Vanderbilt’s campus on Friday, January 12, 2018, one day after 65-degree weather. Classes were canceled, creating a four-day weekend for students. (Photo by Claire Barnett)

Photos by Claire Barnett, Emily Goncalves & Ziyi Liu // The Vanderbilt Hustler

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Cute Dogs

Dear Hustler Readers,

We didn’t have photos of the week this week since none of our photo staff was on campus over winter break. Thus, here are pictures of our dogs. Enjoy!

Love,

Claire Barnett, Multimedia Director

Hustler: Bruce Brookshire, Assistant Multimedia Editor
Name: Christmas eve fox hunting in the Virginia Piedmont area
Favorite activity: catching foxes
Hustler: Jenna Moldaver, Voices Editor
Name: Charlie
Favorite activity: Playing in the snow
Fun fact: She weighs four pounds
Hustler: Corinne Fombelle, Assistant Life Editor
Name: Reed
Favorite activity: Cuddling
Fun fact: He got snow boots for his paws in the -7 degree weather over winter break.
Hustler: Alexa Bussmann, Content Development Director
Name: Lucy
Favorite Activity: Snorting
Fun Fact: Lucy was bought at a gas station.
Hustler: Allison Boyce, Social Media Director
Name: Jasmine
Favorite activity: being a queen
Fun fact: I ate an entire bird once
Hustler: Sarah Friedman
Name: Harry
Favorite activity: Refusing to walk (pictured)
Fun fact: He knows how to open zippers, which is pretty cute until he unzips my backpack and eats my chapstick.
Hustler: Max Schulman, Opinion Editor
Name: Malcolm
Favorite Activity: Reminding us that he’s not housebroken
Fun Fact: He is named after black nationalist Malcolm
Hustler: Sam Zern, Campus Editor
Name: Doug
Favorite activity: squirrel hunting
Fun fact: Broke his back as a puppy so now walks with a waddle
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