Mental health care on campus has been a growing issue for students, with many saying CMHS is underfunded and that UConn isn’t doing enough to help serve the needs of its students.
No one should have to wait for access to mental health resources, however, this is the reality for many students at the University of Connecticut.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees unanimously decided to increase the general university fund fee and to implement the recreation center fee for undergraduate students Wednesday morning. The board also discussed mental health programs on campus in the wake of increased mental health issues reported by students.
As the final leaves fall from the trees and the fall season slowly transitions into a Connecticut winter, we see many smiles around campus turn into grimaces. The cold has finally arrived, and with it, finals season, flu season and the long weeks stretching out before we are finally relieved by winter break.
Because “psychiatric drugs of every kind are exposing people to long-term risks of a declining quality of life, apathy, chronic disability and even shrinkage of the brain,” the decision to take them should not be made lightly or impulsively.
Small wreaths on easels with a small bowl of green ribbon were placed at Student Union entrances to honor World Mental Health Day on Wednesday. In the center of the wreath was a piece of paper with two statistics about mental health: One in five people in the United States have a diagnosable mental health issue at any point in time and one in four people ages 18 to 24 have a diagnosable mental health illness.
Tables set up in the Student Union and on Fairfield Way worked to dismantle the stigma around mental illnesses on Tuesday, Oct. 9 as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. In the Union, students raised awareness of the new Undergraduate Student Government Mental Health and Wellness subcommittee. Out on Fairfield Way, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) students hosted a “Stomp the Stigma” activity to combat the stereotypes associated with mental health.