UAB professor provides mental health kits to students

A UAB professor created mental health kits that can be distributed to students across the state.Dr. Martez Files saw a need for mental health resources, especially for adolescents in the community.Each kit includes items that can be used as grounding tools in times of stress, such as essential oils, stress balls, pens and journals and cards of affirmations.According to the World Health Organization, one in seven adolescents experiences a mental disorder and suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds. “The items included in each kit are meant to help a student’s mental health, even if they do not have access to a therapist or counselor, “Files said.Birmingham residents looking for resources for mental health can use the UAB Community Counseling Clinic.” My hope is that these kits will be there to help those youth who may be struggling with fear and anxiety and let them know we care about them and their mental health, “Files said.During his time as an undergraduate at UAB, Files was involved across campus and founded the African American Studies Student Organiz ation. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in African American studies and history from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.

A UAB professor created mental health kits that can be distributed to students across the state.

Dr. Martez Files saw a need for mental health resources, especially for adolescents in the community.

Each kit includes items that can be used as grounding tools in times of stress, such as essential oils, stress balls, pens and journals and cards of affirmations.

According to the World Health Organization, one in seven adolescents experiences a mental disorder and suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds.

“The items included in each kit are meant to help a student’s mental health, even if they do not have access to a therapist or counselor,” Files said.

Birmingham residents looking for resources for mental health can use the UAB Community Counseling Clinic.

“My hope is that these kits will be there to help those youth who may be struggling with fear and anxiety and let them know we care about them and their mental health,” Files said.

During his time as an undergraduate at UAB, Files was involved across campus and founded the African American Studies Student Organization. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in African American studies and history from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.

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