Stop the stigma, start listening

“I feel so depressed.” You’re just being sad or more upset at a certain circumstance. Usually overreacting. “No big deal,” they say. “Everyone gets depressed.” Just don’t be so negative, alright? “This makes my anxiety bad.” You’re probably just being too shy. You need to step outside … [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...]

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...]

It’s not all in your head

I've had depression since I was in middle school, so I've become almost a professional at dealing with the waves of emotion it brings (kind of morbid, I know). But this semester, it got to the point where I didn't know how to handle it by myself anymore - I wasn't eating regularly, I was staying up … [Read more...]

Breathe, keep walking, and you’ll be okay

As I walk into the student center I can already feel it coming. As the crowds build my breathing becomes uneasy. The people at the booths are going to talk to me. It’s okay. The lines at Chick-fil-a are long and are blocking the walk way. My heart begins to race uncontrollably. I am going to … [Read more...]