ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Students, faculty and staff at Albany State University are taking a stand against stigmas.
Various organizations came together to hold their first "Walk Away from the Stigma Awareness Walk" across campus today.
Miss ASU, Taylar Martin, helped organize the event and had students write down the stigmas they face, attach it to a balloon, and let it go.
"I just want people to release it, let it go. Whatever is holding you back today, tell yourself, 'I'm letting it go, this is my day and just release it.' So that's why I did the balloon release to symbolize that. Sometimes you have to actually do something to symbolize what you're trying to do," said Martin.
Students performed skits and several people shared their personal stories.
The goal was to encourage students to love themselves, be open about their problems, and reach out for help if they need it.