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Dear students,

You may have heard about a series of performances happening across campus called “Every Brilliant Thing,” a collaboration of the College of Arts and Sciences’ PlayMakers Repertory Company, Student Affairs and every school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Every Brilliant Thing” is an interactive performance that showcases all the little things that make life worthwhile. Part comedy and part improv, it tells the story—with help from the audience—of someone learning to grapple with their own life experiences in the shadow of their mother’s struggle with suicidal depression.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, there will be a special performance for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. It will take place at 2 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. The performance is free—and it qualifies as a Campus Life Experience—but you do need to register, as space is limited. We’ll provide refreshments.  

Graduate students in the College also have the opportunity to attend the Graduate School-sponsored performance on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

These performances are part of a university-wide effort to destigmatize conversations about mental health. This effort is being funded by a UNC System grant to build resilience among the campus community.

Following the performance, there will be an optional post-show discussion led by UNC mental health professionals.

I encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity, and please do check out the other mental health resources available through UNC’s Heels Care Network.

Go Heels,

Jim WhiteCraver Family DeanCollege of Arts and Sciences

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