Letter to the Editor

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Having been employed as a mental health professional for over 25 years, it was disheartening to read of Washington College administrators’ lack of forethought in meeting the ongoing psychiatric medication management needs of students (as outlined in the Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 editions of The Elm). It is unfortunate that two mental health nurse […]

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Retirement of Mental Health Nurses Leaves Gap at Health Center

Opinion

By Abby Wargo Editor-in-Chief It’s no secret that mental health is a major concern in the United States today. It seems like it’s something everyone is conscious of, but no significant progress has been made. In 2016, about 18 percent of Americans were reported to have a mental illness, according to the National Institute of […]

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Elm Editorial on Mental Health

Editorials

Throughout this past year, The Elm has run many articles that deal with mental health. For an article last semester, Dr. Miranda Altman, director of Counseling Services, explained that mental health is a continuum. “[Students] can engage with Counseling Services as often as needed,” she said. “There’s no stigma. We don’t want you to feel […]

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Are Prisons Our Best Mental Health Solution?

Opinion

By Olivia Libowitz  Elm Staff Writer In 2016, a Slate article wrote, “America’s prisons have become warehouses for the mentally ill.” This is an uncomfortable, yet true, fact, related to the actuality that prisons have always been businesses. Prisons in America make money per inmate, and that money comes from taxpayers, and those taxpayers support a […]

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Social Media and Mental Health

Lifestyle

By Amanda Gabriel Senior Writer Social media plays a role in most of our lives—we use Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook to connect with friends and to share our weekly activities with others; but, these apps may be affecting us on a larger scale. Although the intended functions of social media are generally positive, such as allowing […]

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Mental Health: An Open Discussion: What to Do and How to Cope as a Student

Lifestyle

By Brian Brecker Elm Staff Writer Mental illness is not an easy burden to bear in college, and yet a large section of the student body, including myself, do so to varying degrees of success. It is not an easy topic to cover, and I cannot cover it all. Instead, I will attempt to describe how mental […]

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College Students Face Mental Health Challenges

Opinion

By Olivia Libowitz Elm Staff Writer As fall rolls in, have you been feeling stressed, sad, or worn out? That’s OK. Just go outside, get some fresh air, drink tea and eat more healthy food. Now that you’ve done that, let’s talk about actual ways to handle your mental health in college. If those pieces of […]

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Prioritizing Mental Health in a Busy Semester

Student Life

By Brooke Schultz Editor-in-Chief On top of homework, essays, and exams, there’s something even more important— students’ mental health. In the throes of the semester, however, it can be difficult to put oneself first, or there can be a perception of stigmatization, said Dr. Miranda Altman, director of Counseling Services. “There’s a continuum of mental […]

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Academic Perfection Can Hinder Student Health

Opinion

By Olivia Libowitz Elm Staff Writer I am an incredibly average student. There was a time in my life where this would have bothered me, induced panic attacks, and made me worry about how I’d hold up in the real world with a sub-par GPA. Now, I’ve almost reached the apex of my college career, and […]

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