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When it comes to Coronavirus, we’re all in this together

March 31, 2020

We at The Wichitan understand that self-isolation is hard for everyone. Humans are social creatures, and we're not meant to be away from each other this long. However, it's important to remember as hard as social distancing is, it's something we have to do to keep everyone safe. As the majority of colle...

The dog in the window

Taylor Anderson, Sports Editor

February 3, 2020

Some students look to counseling and medication to help cope with the struggles of college life, but these students found comfort in their four-legged friends. Sarah Eakin, nursing senior, found hope in her furry friend, Layla Mae. The Blue Heeler, Australian Shepherd and Catahoula mix was given to...

Grey matters: the colors of mental illness

Grey matters: the colors of mental illness

Jeri Moore, Reporter

October 15, 2019

The National Alliance on Mental Illness had its third annual Grey Matters art exhibit demonstrating the struggles of the lives touched by mental health issues on canvas. Two hours were not enough for the catering, live music and touching conversations on Oct. 11.  Among the artists showing their work at this ex...

Counseling Center staff host a journal group

Counseling Center staff host a journal group

Karrington Bradley, Reporter

February 20, 2019

The Counseling Center hosted Find Your Voice, a journaling group to help students have a creative outlet to express their feelings. The first meeting took place Feb. 18. Laura Hetrick, licensed professional counselor, said, "The main purpose is to have an activity and some therapeutic outlet for students ...

Resources available for students struggling with mental health issues

Jason Wilson, Reporter

September 26, 2018

Counseling Center members respond to the possibility of suicide on campus by providing extensive resources to students who may be struggling throughout the year to help maintain a safe environment for college students to live and attend school according to Pam Midgett, Counseling Center director. ...

Psychology Clinic, an underutilized resource

Alana Earle, Reporter

September 18, 2018

To give students, faculty and staff another resource for discussing personal issues, the Psychology Clinic, located in O'Donohoe Room 107, is primarily a graduate student-run service, with the exception of the licensed psychologists who oversee the graduate students. Funded by the psychology department, the clinic aims to help faculty, staff,...

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

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...

What ‘good vibes’ actually means

What ‘good vibes’ actually means

Shari Smith

November 1, 2017

I had a life-changing experience this past weekend. I know that's an overused phrase, but hear me out. I attended Pursuit 2017, a leadership conference held in San Antonio. I was an extremely negative person before, but I felt like a completely new person after this conference. The seminars in ...

Alumni showcased in local art exhibit

Alumni showcased in local art exhibit

Jeri Moore

October 11, 2017

On Oct. 7, an art exhibition titled Gray Matters transformed 9th Street Studio. Organized by National Alliance of Mental Illness members, their intention was to bring awareness of mental health issues to the local community and in memory of local resident Scott Brazil. "Everybody is touched by menta...

Truths of having an emotional support animal

Truths of having an emotional support animal

The Wichitan

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

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Brianna Sheen

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 anxiety.“Most of the time I feel like I’m about to die. I get a pounding heart, shortness of ...

It’s not all in your head

Kara McIntyre

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 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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