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Members of ECHO pin up fliers around the Yard on Monday morning to raise awareness about the mental health resources available on campus.
Amanda Jowell '17 posters the Yard with ECHO fliers on Monday morning.
Jake W. Barann ’18 and Emily M. Thompson ’18 speak about their experiences with mental health during their time at Harvard.
A sign on Room 13's door reads, "We're here to listen, every night." Room 13, a peer-counseling group, is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night of the week.
“Despite this access to resources, there’s this stigma that nobody wants to get help because they don't want to admit they have a problem,” explained Emily M. Thompson ’18. Thompson cited University Health Service's preliminary phone call as a barrier to receiving mental health treatment.
While University Health Services aims to schedule appointments within five days, Sarah Rodriguez '18 estimated that it took two weeks to meet with an expert for mental health treatment.
Twice when Cameron Nieters ’18 met with a University Health Services counselor last year, she did not feel a connection. This year, she reevaluated her situation, gave UHS another try, and felt successful.
While Taylor G. Ladd ’18 has a family history of depression, she did not experience it until arriving on campus. “The competitive nature of the school made me think that I wasn't doing enough, and wasn't involved in enough, and wasn’t achieving enough, and wasn’t getting high enough grades,” she says.
“I had the impression that a lot of people that I knew may have been better prepared than me, so that actually caused me to be very depressed,” says William F. Morris ’17, pictured here in front of Matthews Hall. “I felt like I was stupid, like why is this so hard for me?”
Sharon Woodbine gives Terilyn S. Chen ‘16 a free chair massage at the Science Center Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. This event was sponsored by Harvard University Health Services Center for Wellness.
Sarah Rodriguez '18 shares her experiences with mental health outside Adams.
The Serenity Room in Grays basement added drop-in classes on meditation and mindfulness.
While nearly all Harvard students have found themselves reeling under pressure at one time or another, the manifestations of mental distress vary in severity. For some students, this sense of helplessness leads to a discrepancy between how they present themselves and how they really feel, a divide often widest for those who arrive on campus with a history of mental health struggles.
Renovated facilities will take place of Stillman Infirmary's 10 overnight beds, which controversially closed in June.