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Mind your health

Gazette student columnist says it's "crucial" to talk about mental health

Student Life | Student View

By Brittany Taylor

It’s rapidly approaching that “wonderful” time of year when tests and assignments begin to pile up.

Being a university student typically means having to balance school, school work and a job. This can be pretty stressful and feel rather overwhelming at times.

All this added stress can, unfortunately, lead to a variety of issues. That is why it is crucial, now more than ever, that we discuss the topic of mental health.

Let’s talk

People are typically weary of discussing mental health-related issues as it is thought by many to have a stigma attached to it. But, it is important that we talk about it. Mental health is a growing issue in today’s society and it’s something that must be addressed.

Many students have been impacted or affected by mental illness in one way or another. Stress is an unavoidable feeling that all students experience at some point during their university careers.

“When experiencing any of these issues, it is essential to remember that you don’t have to suffer through it alone.”

Continuous stress can have a very negative impact on one’s body. It can lead to anxiety, feelings of panic, a variety of disorders and depression. When experiencing any of these issues, it is essential to remember that you don’t have to suffer through it alone.

That is why discussing mental illness is so important — no matter how big or small that problem may seem.

Mental illness should be treated the exact same way as the flu. That is, with no judgment or fear involved for seeking help. It is a very real problem and we must treat it as one.

Student Wellness and Counselling Centre

Memorial University has an abundance of resources to help those suffering with mental health-related issues. It has recently come to my attention that many students aren’t aware of all of these resources.

This is yet another reason why mental health and mental illness must be talked about. These resources are easily accessible to students by simply visiting the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre online or on the fifth floor of the University Centre, UC-5000, on the St. John’s campus.

Bridge the gApp

An interesting resource that I recently learned about is an app developed by Eastern Health called Bridge the gApp. It can be accessed through Memorial’s website or easily downloaded onto your smartphone.

The app has a “mood meter” that allows the user to decipher how they are feeling and provides them with resources to sort out and manage these feelings.

“By talking more about it, we can make a change.”

If these feelings become intense or are more severe, it can also connect you with the appropriate supports. In addition, it has a section where you can learn more about the feelings you may be experiencing or about mental illness in general. It also has a section to help motivate you and a “breathing room” for feelings of panic or anxiety.

No shame

Mental Health is something we must talk about. There is no shame in seeking help. By talking more about it, we can make a change.

Whether it’s confiding in a friend or family member, or accessing the resources available at Memorial, it is important to remember that you don’t have to suffer through what you are feeling in silence.

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