Mental Health in Schools

The Epidemic of Bathroom Tears

Imagine this: You don’t have enough time to get to class in the six minutes you have between periods, so you have to dip out of class to run to the bathroom. You are either in a huge rush, trying not to miss any important instruction from a teacher, or in no rush at all,…

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Why We Shouldn’t Throw the Phrase “I’m Triggered” Around

For college students all across the country, classes are starting back up, and it can be both an exciting and nerve-racking time of year. New classes, new syllabi, new routines, and new friends/classmates are a feature of this time of year, and adjusting to that takes time. It can also be difficult when you’re forced…

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Moving Away from Home

I remember when I moved into my first place that was truly my own. It was the beginning of September, and my dad and I had driven 400+ miles to move into my college apartment before classes started. It was hot and muggy. I remember driving and thinking the streets in Davis were too narrow…

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Why We Push On: Addressing Fall 2019 Campus Suicides

As we head toward the end of 2019, we mark the end of another semester that, sadly, brought many stories of students lost to suicide this year.  CNN and other news outlets reported in recent weeks that several college campuses have experienced multiple suicides this semester, as well as unprecedented increase in demand for mental…

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Fostering a Safe School Environment: What Administrators Can Do to Support Students

A few weeks ago, it was reported that one year following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students are reporting more anxiety and depression and cutting classes. Research has long demonstrated that the effects of shootings and other campus-wide crises (i.e. suicides, weather-related destruction, and other unexpected accidents), as…

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You are more than your GPA

You are so much more than the grades you get in classes, the top-tier internships, the score of your post graduate entrance exam. The thing about college is that through fierce and constant competition, you sometimes forget that. And honestly how could you not? You are told for years leading up to your first day…

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The First Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting: Recovery Is A Process

February 14, 2019 is the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. It marks one year since 14 innocent students and 3 innocent teachers lost their lives to gun violence. It marks one year of nightmares and flashbacks for the surviving students, teachers, the MSD families, and the larger…

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College May Not Be the “Best 4 Years of Your Life” and That’s Perfectly Okay

For those of you like myself, 2019 means one major thing: we’re graduating college. How exciting! The moment we’ve proclaimed ever since we first stepped foot onto our campus years ago. For some of us, we never knew when this day would come. Many late nights studying, strictly fast-food diets, and bad-hair-days later, it’s finally…

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The Missing Piece in Addressing the Student Sleep Deprivation Epidemic

This piece was originally published as part of Thrive Global’s ‘Thrive On Campus‘ section on November 9, 2018. Click here to view the original publication. “Opportunity Cost,” reads the bright red letters displayed across the PowerPoint slide my macroeconomics teacher pulls up on the projector screen. Quickly glancing at the slide, and then back at her class…

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6 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress During Final Exams

Any college student can tell you that final exams are stress-inducing. But as you look around a college campus during college exams, you’re likely to see the effects of that stress in action. Even students who previously seemed to be carefree are showing signs of anxiety and sleep deprivation. Stress can manifest with physical and…

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