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Animals provide emotional support for 15 students on campus

Animals provide emotional support for 15 students on campus

Randi Heaton, Reporter

February 13, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

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 Schulte, director of residence life and housing, said these animals are neither service animals...

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

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

Andrea Pedon, Reporter

March 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

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 which allows people from all over the world to write down their biggest secrets on a postcard a...

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

The Wichitan

February 19, 2018


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 dog in the dorms. After explaining that she is an emotional support animal, I got the most unco...

SWAT: Battling stress one game at a time

Tyler Manning

October 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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 is an organization of college students majoring in social work in which they host events around...

Truths of having an emotional support animal

Truths of having an emotional support animal

The Wichitan

September 19, 2017


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 coping methods, like alcohol, drugs or self-harm, because they never talked about these issues ...

Stop the stigma, start listening

Stop the stigma, start listening

Arianna Davis

April 19, 2017


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

“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 n...

QPR training provided as part of Suicide Prevention week

QPR training provided as part of Suicide Prevention week

Dewey Cooper

September 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

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, the...

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

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

Yvette Ordonez

April 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, Feature

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 my de...

Don’t push mental illness under the rug

The Wichitan

April 13, 2016


Filed under Op-Ed, Staff Editorial

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 misunderstoo...

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Brianna Sheen

April 13, 2016


Filed under Feature

“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 ...

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Brianna Sheen

April 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, Feature, News

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 exper...

It’s not all in your head

Kara McIntyre

November 11, 2015


Filed under Guest Column, Op-Ed

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 until...

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