Puhlman talks to News Center Maine about tree lighting ceremony at UMaine

Assistant professor of family studies Daniel Puhlman spoke to News Center Maine about a tree lighting ceremony being held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at the University of Maine Alfond Stadium as part of Trent’s Trees, a statewide initiative in which trees are lit and ornaments are hung to honor those who have died by suicide or are struggling with mental health. This ceremony is in collaboration with the nonprofit Stay; For Life. “We need to change the story about mental health,” said Puhlman, a co-sponsor of the tree on campus. “We need to reduce the stigma, and we need to talk about it openly — because it’s an affliction that happens to a lot of regular, normal, ordinary people.”