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Green bandanas are to raise mental health awareness and show that IUP is a stigma-free campus.

The Health and Wellness Promotion program is promoting its new project, the green bandana project. 

Since Friday, the Health and Wellness Promotion trained around 100 staff and faculty members and students at IUP. 

It started the green bandana project based on the University of Wisconsin Madison’s program. For more information on The University of Wisconsin Madison’s green bandana project, visit

namiuw.org/the-bandana-project.html. 

Both programs are designed to spread awareness and supply resources for those with mental illnesses or who are struggling with a mental health crisis. 

The long-term project is meant to establish support and signify the importance of IUP being a stigma-free campus. 

The reason the bandanas are green is because green represents mental health awareness. The bandanas will be tied to backpacks or purses in order to show that those are safe individuals who care, who are trained and who others can approach about mental health awareness. 

“We want the students to recognize what the green bandana signifies and that they are safe individuals to approach to gain resources on mental health,” said Sara Dillon, assistant direct of Health and Wellness Promotion. 

Staff, faculty and students who are interested in helping spread awareness and pass out the green bandanas and resource cards need to be trained.  

Dillon recommends that people interested in raising awareness of mental health and passing out bandanas and resource cards go to the overview training. 

Contact Sara Dillon at

S.C.Dillon@iup.edu or call

724-357-6476. Dillon’s office is located in Suites on Maple East G59.

Training is more of an overview of the bandana project, so people understand what they are committing to. Those who are trained, however, aren’t counselors or therapists but are helping to raise awareness and give out resource cards to students about mental health and mental health awareness. 

There will be a 5- to 10-minute overview of the bandana project before people can help pass out material. 

Anyone can request to have the overview training done. The Health and Wellness Promotion does not yet have a specific date, location or time for anyone to attend the overview training but hopes to soon plan that out. 

The Health and Wellness Promotion trained the Health Center staff, RA’s and RHA, two classes of Dr. Mueller (student affairs of higher education).

They are hoping to reach out to other large groups and organizations on campus like student athletes and student life, too. 

Ultimately, the Health and Wellness Promotion hopes to form solidarity on campus and let students know the individuals who are trained and carry green bandanas and resource cards are caring and understanding and can give them the resources and guide them to get the help they need. 

“I am hoping IUP becomes a stigma-free campus and that the green bandanas become well-known on campus for what they stand for, which is solidarity,” Dillion said. 

“I hope it will let students know that they aren’t alone with their struggles with mental health. I believe mental illness is a big concern on our campus, and my hope is that through this project, we become a campus that is stigma-free.” 

Dillon and her staff are the process of training staff, faculty, students and organizations on campus; however, the Center for Health and Well-Being provides many other resources on campus as well. 

The Counseling Center, Health Services and Health and Wellness Promotion are in the Center for Health and Well-Being, which is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday located in Suites on Maple East ground floor. For more information, visit

iup.edu/chwb/. 

The Counseling Center is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and has walk-in hours 1 – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located in Suite G31. 

Health Services are open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patient care is from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Health and Wellness Promotion is open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and then from 1 – 4:30 p.m. and is located in Suite G59. 

The IUP Campus Police and the Open Door, which is a non-profit behavioral health organization that provides treatment and services related to drug, alcohol and mental health-related issues, are also helpful resources and services available in Indiana. 

IUP Police is located in University Towers 850 Maple St. and the phone number is 724-357-2141. The Office of Public Safety oversees the University Police and Campus Safety offices and is open 24/7. 

The Open Door’s 24-hour crisis hotline is 1-877-333-2470. Its location is 334 Philadelphia St. For more information on the Open Door, visit theopendoor.org. 

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