SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -David Romano, who grew up as the youngest of five children in a small northern Minnesota town and was diagnosed with depression while in high school, but later embraced his mental health disorder and now works to help others, will be the speaker May 1 when the Active Minds chapter at Slippery Rock University hosts "Changing the Conversation about Mental Health."
Romano's lecture, which will cover such topics as suicide, depression and reducing stigma, is at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Student Center.
The Active Minds organization works to change the conversation about mental health and to have everyone avoid the stigma often attached to those with mental disorders.
Romano's story includes beginning at age 8 to lose himself, as he began to have feelings of self-consciousness and anxiety. As he got older, he began to put pressure on himself to please the expectations he put on himself. He involved himself in sports and extracurricular activities, and by the time he got to high school, he was popular, athletic and was talented in choir, drama and other activities, but suffering emotionally from severe depression.
Since his recovery, Romano has been active in promoting positive mental health and eliminating the stigma surrounding it as a speaker and advocate for the Active Minds Speakers Bureau.
The Office of Student Affairs, the SRU Student Counseling Center, the Adapted Physical Activity Club, the Therapeutic Recreation Club and Residence Life are co-sponsoring the program.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.