The Psi Chi Chapter at the University of Michigan-Flint received the Midwestern Regional Award from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. UM-Flint Psi Chi officers were awarded a plaque and a check for recognition of the chapter's service work.
According to students, the UM-Flint Psi Chi International Honor Society has maintained a three-year vision of becoming a successful, active chapter that is dedicated to excellence of scholarship while remaining focused on positive visibility within the community. The chapter advocates the importance of developing a campus culture that promotes emotional and mental well-being and support for students as they face the various stressors common to college life.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Psi Chi chapter organized several events, benefitting both campus and community. Recognizing the benefits of raising awareness of the risks of depression among university students, Psi Chi began the year by co-sponsoring a public event on suicide prevention with the nursing association on campus.
Psi Chi also teamed up with the UM-Flint Psychology Club to create a Depression OutReach Alliance (DORA) on campus. DORA is a peer-based suicide prevention and mental wellness program comprised of workshops. DORA offered Psi Chi members the opportunity to gain experience, assist others, and raise awareness of the importance of the field of psychology.
Photo: UM-Flint Psi Chi members Becca Horning, Amber Mach, Sam Turner, and Sarah Dyszlewski.