C.O.R.E. invites guest speaker Andrew Onimus to county schools

Photo submitted to Times Observer Core invites Andrew Onimus of Minding your Mind to share his experiences with Warren County School District students and faculty.

Students struggle with a lot of things.

Some struggles are more serious than others, but each student’s problems are still problems and CORE (Choosing Openness Regarding Experiences) is working to help students get the help they need.

On Monday and Tuesday, CORE is bringing Andrew Onimus of Minding Your Mind will talk to students at every Warren County School District building about his struggles.

He will speak at Sheffield High School Monday morning, then Warren Area High School in the afternoon. On Tuesday, Onimus will be at Youngsville High School in the morning and Eisenhower in the afternoon.

There will be a community presentation at 6 p.m. at Warren. That event is free and open to the public.

Onimus was a star athlete in college — a starter on the football team, captain of the track team. He had a job lined up for after graduation.

Then, he was injured in the first game of the football season.

He felt his world crashing down.

“He believed he lost his identity and began to struggle emotionally,” CORE Founder Kari Swanson said. “Andrew will be discussing his struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation and how he was able to finally accept the help he needed to begin recovery.”

“Andrew’s goal in sharing his story is to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and help others who may be suffering to know that they are not alone and that life gets better,” she said.

Following Onimus’ presentations he will stick around to talk to students and the community to answer their questions.

“I wanted to do a follow-up after Angst (a movie about students suffering from anxiety), to have somebody live to talk to about mental health issues including anxiety and depression,” Swanson said. “I thought having somebody come and talk to the kids after Angst would be a nice follow-up.”