Counseling Center presents Taming Test Anxiety

About 17 students gathered in the Legacy Multipurpose Room to listen to Kylie Kerr, graduate intern at the Counseling Center, give advice on ways to tame their test anxiety on Oct. 4. "The main purpose of the workshop is making everyone more aware that we all deal with test anxiety and … [Read more...]

Sexual assault: ‘It can happen to anyone’

"Think of the five most important people in your life. It may be your mom. Or your dad. Or your brother or sister. Or your best friend," Suzette Walden Cole, guest speaker for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, said. "Statistically speaking, one of those five will be sexually assaulted in their … [Read more...]

Counselors offer tips for testing anxiety

For the past month, academic counseling meetings have been available for students to attend. On Feb. 16, Reagan Foster, licensed therapist, offered a PowerPoint-style counseling presentation on different ways to overcome testing anxiety.  She presented to a crowd of seven, made up entirely of … [Read more...]

Two students learn how to choose a career at counseling workshop

With only two students attending the Counseling Center's Academic Workshop: Choosing A Career and Major, in the Sundance Court meeting room on Feb. 15, almost all of the 40 available seats stayed empty during the event.   “It takes a lot for students to come to something extra when they are already … [Read more...]

QPR training provided as part of Suicide Prevention week

As part of suicide prevention week on campus, the counseling center offered Question, Persuade, Refer sessions to teach various groups on how to respond to a person who might have suicidal thoughts. The counseling center staff provides about 10 to 15 QPR sessions during a school year. On Sept. 15, … [Read more...]

Suicide prevention training hits close to home

For Payroll Director Kathy Rice, last week's training on suicide prevention hit close to home. With teary eyes and Kleenex in hand, she expanded on her personal experiences with this topic."I've been thinking about [QPR training] a lot because I had a nephew that committed suicide. It's important … [Read more...]

Depression at MSU: “I’ve thought about suicide”

I've thought about suicide," Yajaira Medellin, sophomore in social work, said. "I would probably do it with sleeping pills so it would be less pain. I have written several notes telling my family it's not their fault. It's not their fault because I don't tell them. I don't want to bother them with … [Read more...]

Don’t push mental illness under the rug

Our opinion: Take mental health as seriously as physical health. The repercussions mental illnesses like anxiety disorders or depression can have just as big of an impact on someone's quality of life as physical ailments and should be treated accordingly.Mental illnesses are far too often … [Read more...]

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

“It’s like when you get really hungry – you can’t ignore your stomach constantly growling. It’s always there.” That’s how Catherine Stepniak, psychology and sociology junior, describes her anxiety.“Most of the time I feel like I’m about to die. I get a pounding heart, shortness of breath, nausea, … [Read more...]

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Last year, 65 percent of college students reported stress, anxiety or depression as a factor impacting their academic performance, according to the spring 2015 National College Health Assessment.Similarly, in a survey of MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, 77.53 percent of people reported … [Read more...]