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Light at the end of the tunnel: Finals stress almost over

Light at the end of the tunnel: Finals stress almost over

Sean Daly

May 14, 2016

The last month of a semester is a time of potentially harmful stress on students who work through a month of semester-ending tests and projects, only to have to prepare for finals around the corner. Many students freak out when trying to make it through these times as even the most efficient and cool-headed st...

Don’t self-diagnose mental disorders

Don’t self-diagnose mental disorders

William Rein

March 27, 2016

Possibly the result of the growing autonomy of youth or the accessibility of specialist information, self-diagnosing is on the rise. Upward of 30 percent of Americans have used the Internet to reach a medical conclusion. This number is only rising, but what are the merits of giving yourself a diagnosis?...

End the cycle of bullying

End the cycle of bullying

Brittany Mcclintock

March 25, 2016

Hurt people, hurt people. That is neither a reason nor excuse to be disrespectful. Just because you were wronged in the past, doesn’t mean you get to wrong somebody else. You know how much it hurts, what it’s like to feel low; you should never treat someone that way just to feel better a...

Rainy weather may make students sad

Rainy weather may make students sad

January 26, 2016

Students avoiding the outdoor world, or feeling unexplained sorrow, may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or depression with seasonal patterns. It is more commonly found in northern regions.Northern regions have less sunlight during winter months. This increases the likelihood of depressio...

Alex Project: Suicide help is just one text message away

Sarah Strausser

October 22, 2015

It was just over five years ago when Alex Strauss, former Pleasant Valley High student, tried to reach out for help over text and did not receive a reply. Later that night, the then 17-year-old took his own life. There are countless call-in hotlines all over the country and here in Butte County. Text ...

Suicide Awareness: spreading resources, education

Suicide Awareness: spreading resources, education

Sabrina Salvatore

October 2, 2015

Chico State and Butte Community College are actively promoting suicide awareness. Butte will be informing students during the month of September, which is nationally known as Suicide Prevention Month, while Chico State will be putting on events in October. Both aim to help people find resources t...

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Kevin Crittenden

April 8, 2014

Psychedelics are on the way into the arsenal of pills psychiatrists use to quell restless minds.MDMA and LSD are being used in research studies to determine their effectiveness in relieving mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic anxiety. It’s about time. This is a ste...

Club Spotlight: Active Minds

Club Spotlight: Active Minds

Dominique Diaz

March 10, 2014

Asking for help isn’t easy. Most won’t even do it. One group on campus is looking to change that. More than 1,000 college students complete suicide each year, according to the Active Minds website. Meanwhile, one in four Americans has a mental health disorder. Active Minds, a club on campus, is on...

Mental health first-aid training returns to campus

Mental health first-aid training returns to campus

Dominique Diaz

March 3, 2014

Bleeding or choking usually comes to mind when people think about first aid, but for some students, first aid involves learning how to talk someone out of suicide. The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center is offering Mental Health First Aid certification training March 7 and 8. The training teaches common warning signs and...

Mental health services suffer from budget cuts

Veronica De La Cruz

February 15, 2014

One in every four people ages 18-24 suffer from a mental health illness, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness.They have also reported that college counseling centers have observed an increase in the prevalence and severity of mental health issues experienced by students. This number w...

Constant comparison corrodes self-confidence

Constant comparison corrodes self-confidence

Julianna Eveland

February 10, 2014

As young adults we try our best to become the smartest, strongest, healthiest or most accomplished versions of ourselves. Naturally, we look to other people as examples. Following that, we tend to compare ourselves to them. The compulsion to self-critique is said to come from one's compariso...

Chico State earns national recognition for mental health counseling

Chico State earns national recognition for mental health counseling

Nathan Lehmann

January 28, 2014

Chico State was nationally recognized for its mental health and counselling programs last week. The campus earned the Jed Foundation’s "seal of approval" on January 23, said Sarah Langford, a Chico State spokesperson.The Jed Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to improve emotional health among students nationally, according to its website...

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