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Undergraduate Council presidential candidate Nick E. Gajdzik ’16-’17 answers a question during the UC Debates held at the Institute of Politics on Tuesday evening. Gajdzik and his running mate Jeffrey M. Ott ’16-’17 are outsider candidates who have never served on the UC and compete on the varsity wrestling team.
Undergraduate Council presidential candidate William A. Greenlaw ’17 answers a question during the UC Debates held at the Institute of Politics on Tuesday evening. Greenlaw and his running mate William F. Morris IV ’17 are campaigning on a platform emphasizing access to student mental health resources.
Students, alumni, and mental health professionals gathered to discuss the unique mental health struggles that can affect minority students in a “lunch and learn” session on Saturday afternoon.
“You can write yourself out of anything,” I tell myself as a sort of mantra while I struggle to type up a simple, short lab report for my graduation-requirement science class, one that’s clearly designed for humanities majors but still manages to leave me with a backpack full of returned tests covered in inky red X’s.
While discussions about mental health often occur at Harvard today, many students say issues around body image and eating disorders remain in the shadows. Those affected suffer, for the most part, quietly and unsure of whom to turn to for help.
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley joined Student Mental Health Liaisons and other undergraduates to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health at Harvard and nationwide, and the necessity of better and more consistent mental health education at all levels of the school system.
In a discussion about mental health with former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha M. Coakley, College students called on Harvard and student groups to address institutional problems and stigma surrounding mental health on campus.
Daniel Banks ’17 colors an intricately designed elephant at the Relaxation Study Break hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in Dunster House. With elephant and Pokemon coloring sheets, family board games, healthy snacks from CVS, and Christmas music, attendees were encouraged to relax and destress from midterms.
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.