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On-campus Haircuts Raise Mental Health Awareness

For the third consecutive year, Colorado College is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), offering Haircuts with a Purpose. This year's "haircut-a-thon" will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the Worner Campus Center.

"The haircut-a-thon is so many things rolled into one," said Heather Horton, director of CC's Wellness Resource Center. "It helps de-stigmatize mental illness, provides education about the impact of mental illness in our community, and offers an opportunity for people to take a few minutes to care for themselves while basking in the glow that giving to others provides."

A suggested minimum donation of $10 gets participants a professional haircut - just in time for the holidays - from Veda Salon. It also raises awareness about the organization and helps NAMI reach those who struggle with mental illness.

"The haircut-a-thon is a great way to get young people involved in NAMI and let them know of another resource for mental illness in our community," said Tia Tummino '16, a neuroscience major who has been involved with the organization for several years. "It's a great organization that aims to make a difference in the lives of people across the nation."

Colorado College was recognized last month by Mental Health America of Colorado (MHAC) for its forward-looking programs and significant leadership in the mental health field, with the president of the organization calling CC "a model institution of higher learning in promoting and investing in the mental wellness of its community."

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