Mental Health Special Issue

(James Desjardin)
(James Desjardin)

For Mental Health Awareness Week which begins Sunday, October 5, the Daily Collegian Staff organized a special issue to discuss mental health conditions, treatment, personal experiences, policy, history, campus-related issues and its stigmatization in society today. You can pick up a copy of the print edition at on-campus and off-campus locations, and you can check out all the stories from the issue by clicking the links below.

Editor’s note: It’s our responsibility to discuss mental health
A college campus must have an open discussion on mental health, says Daily Collegian Managing Editor Patrick Hoff.


Students find Active Minds a safe, open place for discussion
Catherine Ferris: Club works to discuss mental health and stomp out stigma.

Arts & Living

Improving mental health through the creation of art
Cory Willey: The little known practice of art psychotherapy may prove helpful for those struggling with mental health issues.

Opinion & Editorial

Don’t give up on therapy
Kate Leddy says that one bad experience with a mental health professional shouldn’t put people off from ever trying it again.

Depression doesn’t define you
Depression is not something to be ashamed of and help is out there, says Steven Gillard.

Letter: UMass failed to treat addiction as a disease
Joel Menasha ’06 believes UMass “should have known better” regarding ‘Logan’s’ addiction and must do better in the future to protect the lives of its students.

Being a woman with anxiety in America
Underrepresentation and marginalization of women in society is responsible for higher incidences of mental health disorders among women than men, says Brianna Zimmerman.

Making room for context and perspective
Isaac Simon discusses how trying to keep perspective on one’s life helps to create the context in which one can understand her or his mental illness.

Deinstitutionalization: A blessing or a curse?
Noosha Uddin argues that deinstitutionalization failed to achieve its goals of better mental health treatment and reducing stigmatization of people with mental health disorders.