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Welcome to the Mental Health Awareness Project in San Luis Obispo, California.

This website serves to educate and promote awareness regarding mental health awareness in San Luis Obispo County. The objective is to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health through education and anecdotal references— scroll on to learn more!

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Growing Grounds Wholesale Farm and Nursery is a transitions-mental health program.   They take patients who have been involuntarily hospitalized due to mental illness, and transition them back into the workforce. They help plant, farm and sell plants to the public. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. Some of the many plants that the workers at Growing Grounds have farmed. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 4, 2017. The plants in the right column need to be sorted through, to determine whether they are dead or alive. A lot of rodents eat them at night, causing them to die early. Then, the living plants will be loaded onto the Growing Grounds truck to be delivered at the military base in Paso Robles. The   men and women at the base will then plant them. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. Matt, Jose, Brandy, and three of their coworkers squat in the dirt to check whether each plant is alive or dead. Matt has his clipboard to count off the number of plants loaded in each crate. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. A Parks, Recreation, and Tourism student at Cal Poly volunteered at Growing Grounds. She hands this worker her crate of plants she had filled. He then loads this crate into the truck. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. Brandy plucks beneath the soil to check whether the root is intact. She has a 10-year-old daughter. She said, “She does dance, swim, gymnastics, she’s very busy. I’m very proud of her.” Brandy came early this morning with a few of her coworkers to start this plant project. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. Jose and Brandy stack the plants into their crates, sharing a joke together. They work together, chatting and collaborating on ways to work more efficiently. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. This worker climbs up the truck with a different sort of crate he says will be more efficient for loading. He has been employed at growing grounds for 13 years. He said, “I want people to think of mental illness and see it as a physical illness. Then, they can better understand.” Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. Matt, 41, is a former drug addict. He has been working at Growing Grounds for five months. He said, “I didn’t realize I had depression until I stopped using, then it hit me hard.” Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. Finally, the 1,232 plants are loaded into the truck and ready for delivery at the military base. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017. When they need breaks, or after they finish working, they can come to this open air space to rest, eat and hang out. Growing Grounds Wholesale Farm and Nursery, October 4, 2017. Brandy and two of her coworkers smile as they congratulate each other as they finished loading the last of the plants. They worked hard and fast, encouraging each other every step of the way. Growing Grounds Wholesale Nursery and Farm, October 5, 2017.

Responses

This video compilation features Megan Delaporta, senior anthropology major, Megan Mulder, senior biology major, and Julianne Gombotz, senior graphic communications major. They each were asked how they've been impacted by mental health issues since the start of college. They speak from personal experience, having hit the brunt of anxiety and stress in their college years. Hover over the white dot in the upper right corner to hear their responses.

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Amy Bichlmeier, psychology senior, discusses her senior project. She is working on a research project that studies the potential correlation between greek life and increased mental illness at Cal Poly. She explains her project further, as well as what she expects to find.

Infographic

This infographic shows statistics regarding the prevalence of mental in America. The map at the bottom show the prevalence of mental illness state by state, with a color coded key to show the states that have the highest to lowest rates of mental illness. The upper left chart shows the rate of americans suffering from depression, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety disorder. The chart on the upper right shows statistics of college students suffering from mental health issues. The pink marks those that don't seek help, the yellow represents those that are overwhelmed by responsibilities, and the blue shows those that struggle in school due to their anxiety. Education is key to understanding the prominence of this issue across the board.

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