By Marcia Hunt
As college students who are often frustrated by the world around us, it is essential that we take care of ourselves and our mental health.
We know we should be kind to ourselves and prioritize time for self-care and rest, but this is difficult and almost impossible as we try to juggle all of our responsibilities. Realistically, we hardly ever find balance, and it becomes even harder to juggle things when your center of gravity is all out of place.
In honor of October, which is Depression Awareness Month, the Phoenix is doing a series of articles about depression, mental health and the impact of both on our community. We want to not only normalize talking about mental health but also destigmatize the conversation. It isn’t enough to simply normalize talking about mental health if we as a society do not take the time to be compassionate, validating, and provide accessible care to those who need it.
We understand that mental health is difficult to talk about, so we will provide content warnings on all the articles relating to mental health this month. However, we want to open the dialogue for talking about mental health here on the site to remind everyone that you are not alone.
It is easy for us to sit here and ask all of you to seek help if you need it; instead, we hope by reading the stories of others, you will be empowered enough to gain the courage to seek professional care and reach out to those around you.
This semester, the Counseling Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information about how to make an appointment or access other Counseling Center-provided services, visit the Counseling Center's website.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Students of color crisis support: Text STEVE to 741741
LGBTQ+ support: thetrevorproject.org
The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
COVID Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314
Please take care of yourselves and each other, every month.
Marcia Hunt, Editor-In-Chief; Leah Dwyer, Managing Editor; and the entire Phoenix Staff