As a member of Psi Beta, students are encouraged to attend and help orchestrate events which aim toward spreading awareness of issues which pertain to psychology. Psi Beta gives students of two-year community colleges an opportunity to expand their love for psychology through being a part of an organzation geared toward accomplishing just that. An important aspect of my experience in Psi Beta involved raising awareness of hidden disabilities, which are not uncommon yet often misunderstood. The Hidden People Research Project is an example of what Psi Beta at NCC Monroe was geared toward starting. Students were educated about hidden disabilities, and this information was then applied by students in order to foster a reduction of harm on campus through increased awareness. The application involved creating scripts for Public Service Announcements on campus, created by students involved in The Hidden People Research Project. Psi Beta also encouraged me to become a Peer Supporter, which involved taking a Mental Health First Aid Training course. The Mental Health First Aid course trained students to effectively communicate with the distressed, as well as utilize community resources. Peer Supporters at NCC Monroe are compassionate individuals who are present to listen to any individual who feels they must be heard, and can be identified by the green button they wear on their clothing.
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