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January 21, 2015

SWL: More Than Free Finals Snacks

By Emma McDonald

December 3, 2014

Filed under Features

Many students are presently surprised during finals to find free snacks in BiHall and Davis Library, but few know the source. So who provides these treats? The Student Wellness Leaders. Though their finals snack initiative may...

Unspoken Stigmas: Efforts to Start and Sustain Tough Conversations

By Emma McDonald

November 20, 2014

Filed under Features

Mental health dialogue often begins after tragedy, for instance,  the death of Robin Williams sparked debate and conversation on depression and suicide. Despite differences in opinion on how to properly address these issues,...

Apps Help Manage Stress and Depression

By Emma McDonald

November 12, 2014

Filed under Features

Many people might blame unhappiness or stress on technology, but could technology help combat those things as well? Many new smartphone apps target wellness — from apps like MyFitnessPal that deal with exercise and nutrition...

Tips and Tricks for Stress

By Emma McDonald

November 5, 2014

Filed under Features

It can be hard to cope with extreme stress or a mental health condition, especially during college. On particularly difficult days, it helps to have strategies in place that you know can help you get through a rough patch. It...

Fighting Alcoholism in College

By Emma McDonald

October 29, 2014

Filed under Features

“I’m totally addicted to Sour Patch Kids,” said everyone ever. You have probably heard someone say something along those lines recently, or have said something similar yourself. Similar to saying, “I’m so depressed,”...

Friends and Mental Illness

By Emma McDonald

October 22, 2014

Filed under Features

Healthy relationships are a crucial element in mental health; mental illness can often wreak havoc on one’s life and damage relationships. By contrast, mental illness that is supported by healthy relationships can be managed...

Treating Depression in College

By Emma McDonald

October 8, 2014

Filed under Features

Having depression can add to an already-stressful life, especially for college students. Oftentimes people experiencing depression feel exhausted and cannot bring themselves to do much at all. Most students at the College barely...

Q & A With Co-Founder of Active Minds

By Emma McDonald

October 1, 2014

Filed under Features

This week, I caught up with Casey Watters ’15, a psychology major from Dallas, Texas who has been involved in various mental health initiatives on campus. After co-founding Active Minds at Middlebury, a club that provided information...

Stress at College Reaches a Fever Pitch

By Emma McDonald

September 24, 2014

Filed under Features

Stress is an inescapable part of college life: probably of life in general, too. Stress can be good: it can be a motivator, it can bring out the best in us, but too often it becomes a burden. Being stressed stresses us out! Sometimes,...

Unspoken Stigmas: Eating Disorders – Warning Signs and Aid

By Emma McDonald

September 17, 2014

Filed under Features

  Many people might be surprised to hear that the most fatal mental disorder is anorexia nervosa. According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, anorexia nervosa has an estimated mortality rate of between four and ten...