Spreading Awareness: Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Spreading Awareness: Mental Health Awareness Month

In support of those who suffer from mental illness, May has been dedicated as an awareness month for the still widely stigmatized topic of mental health. Students have adorned ribbons and green clothing to show their support.

“I think mental health is something people joke about that definitely should be taken seriously,” says sophomore Anshu Patel.

“I think it’s important to have mental health awareness so we know more about it,” says Freshman Trevor Bell.

There is concern among some students that the action, or lack thereof, being taken is an empty gesture.

“I think it’s good to bring awareness to it but that there isn’t much actually done for it. I haven’t seen anything done for it except green ribbons being handed out,” says Junior Stephen Manibusan.

Those interested in taking a more active role in helping their fellow students are encouraged to look into becoming a peer counselor. Those struggling with mental health issues unsure of how to cope have a few recommended options. Call one of many helplines, (i.e the crisis hotline, 877 976 1016) seek a therapist, or speak with their counselor in the front office for more short term issues.