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Animals provide emotional support for 15 students on campus

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February 13, 2019

The residence halls aren't home for college students alone. Up and down the hallways also roam dogs and cats, animals providing emotional support for the 15 students with them on campus this year. Kristi...

The most trusted stranger in the world: You’re Not Alone!

Frank Warren
March 25, 2018

PostSecret creator and suicide prevention advocate Frank Warren spoke on Thursday, Jan. 18th in Akin Auditorium. Throughout his presentation, Warren recounted the story behind his creation of PostSecret...

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

Jaylon Williams
February 19, 2018

Initially, I was hesitant to bring my emotional support animal to campus. I saw Cocoa as a walking symbol of my struggle with my mental health. I hated  when people asked me how I managed to get a...

SWAT: Battling stress one game at a time

October 5, 2017

To give students an opportunity to relax and have a healthy break from stress, Social Workers Acting Together hosted a karaoke and game night on the third floor of Sundance Court Apartments on Oct. 5. SWAT...

Truths of having an emotional support animal

Cocoa is an 11-year-old black lab mix who serves as an emotional support animal to Jaylon Williams, sociology senior. Photo contributed by Jaylon Williams
September 19, 2017

Mental health is a pressing matter — depression and anxiety can be considered taboo, especially in the African-American community. We don’t talk about it. We have people grow up with destructive...

Stop the stigma, start listening

Arianna Davis
April 19, 2017

“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...

QPR training provided as part of Suicide Prevention week

Lori Arnold L.P.C. and Vikki Chaviers L.P.C. introduce the question, persuade, refer suicide training program on April 14, in the Wichita Room in the CSC. Photo by Dewey Cooper
September 14, 2016

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...

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

Lori Arnold, counselor at the counseling center, is staged at her desk working on her computer, April 4, in her office in the Counseling Center. Photo by Rachel Johnson
April 20, 2016

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...

Don’t push mental illness under the rug

April 13, 2016

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...

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Pam Midgett, director of Counseling Center, is staged at her desk working on her computer, April 4, in her office in the Counseling Center. Photo by Rachel Johnson
April 13, 2016

“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...

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Pam Midgett, director of Counseling Center, is staged at her desk working on her computer, April 4, in her office in the Counseling Center. Photo by Rachel Johnson
April 6, 2016

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,...

It’s not all in your head

November 11, 2015

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...

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