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Mental Health Awareness

Hey Muskies! So in honor of Mental Health Awareness day that was this past Monday, I have decided to offer my own words of advice and tips for taking care of your mental health, as well as the resources available to you on campus should ever need help or just someone to talk to.

  1. Campus Counselors. There are two Muskingum counselors available on campus from the hours of 8am to 5pm(also available after hours by appointment) who are more than willing to do their best to help any and all students through whatever troubles they may have. The counseling office is located in the basement of Montgomery Hall, Suite 3. It is completely confidential and whether you’re suffering from a mental illness or you need help solving a conflict with another, they are here to help.
  2. Mental Health Days. Now I don’t know about you, but I get stressed really easy and some days it will be so overwhelming that I completely shut down and just don’t want to do anything. If it ever gets to that point, or maybe you’re just really down and don’t have the motivation to get work done or go to classes, take a mental health day. E-mail your teachers and let them know what’s going on and that you won’t be able to make it to class. It is has been in my experience that most professors are very understanding and will not hold it against you. Now it does not mean they will excuse your absence, but depending on their attendance policy they will allow a few unexcused absences. Just take the day to recoup, do some things you enjoy, eat some ice cream, and talk to your friends.
  3. Say Something. I cannot stress this point enough, if you have or suspect you have any sort of mental illness, especially if you are having suicidal thoughts, talk to somebody. It may not seem like it, but it will help. Even if the person you tell doesn’t take it all too well, it will be a huge weight off of your shoulders. Also, if you suspect someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, tell somebody immediately. They may not be happy about it but it is for their safety that they get help before thoughts turn into actions.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. It is a real and increasing issue in our world and it deserves to be taken seriously. It is important to take care of yourself and to not let your mental health deteriorate. Even if you don’t care, the ones who love you do. Stay happy and healthy Muskies.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Muskingum Counseling Office: 826-8091 or 826-8142

; your story is not over…


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