Posted on: September 29, 2022 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

By Angel Ovalle, Freelance Contributor

Coping with depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns is becoming a way of life for many college students, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 44 percent of college students reported having symptoms of depression or anxiety.

To help students cope, Moraine’s Counseling and Career Development Center is hosting a series of events this week in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme of this year’s events is lived experience. The aim of the events is to give students tips and advice on how to help themselves and others with stress management and self-care. The events will take place Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

“It’ll be a chance for those who need help to take it,” Thursday event panelist and MV student Nick Stulga said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to articulate exactly what it is that will get you on the right path. Sometimes you just need to find ways to cope, whether it be through music, biking, deep breathing, really anything that is distracting. This is mainly going to help students find their way to cope.”

On Monday, students will learn to use exercise as a way to cope. The event, “Brain and Body: Movement’s Critical Role in De-Stressing and Mental Health,” will be held in the FitRec in Studio C beginning at 1:30 p.m. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothes. 

“Taking Care of U Day” will be held on Wednesday in the U building, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be chair yoga, self-care kits to make, and discussions about mindfulness and healthy eating. 

Thursday’s event, which takes place at 1 p.m. in U111, will consist of a panel that features MV counselors and multiple students, including Stulga and addiction studies student Dennis Kaftan. Students will answer questions and talk about coping methods, reaching out for help, their diagnoses, and their treatment plans.

The week will conclude on Friday at 10 a.m. with a discussion on neurodiversity, which covers a spectrum of disorders such as autism, ADHD and noise sensitivity. The talk will be held in room 110A in the G building with a counselor with “lived experience.”