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NDSU hosting mental health event Oct. 11

Archie Messersmith-Bunting, a mental health advocate, will present "It's Okay Not to be Okay," which will focus on his personal struggles with addiction and clinical depression.

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FARGO — The North Dakota State University's Department of Residence Life plans to host a national mental health advocate's presentation in support of NDSU's Green Bandana Project.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Memorial Union's Oceti Sakowin Ballroom, is free and open to the public.

Archie Messersmith-Bunting, a mental health advocate, will present "It's Okay Not to be Okay," which will focus on his personal struggles with addiction and clinical depression.

"Part of the Green Bandana Project's mission is to continuously educate and learn from others," said Halie Van Vleet, a senior nursing student from West Fargo.

"We are so excited to bring Archie from ArchieCares to NDSU. Archie is an advocate for reframing the narrative surrounding mental illness, suicide and addiction by focusing on feelings and facilitating vulnerable conversations," Van Vleet said.

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The Green Bandana Project is a visual support system for anyone on campus struggling with anxiety or depression. Bandanas are attached to student backpacks when they have pledged to be a safe individual to approach with mental health-related issues.

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