Washington University Student Health Services put together a search committee at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester to find a new director, who will start June 2018.
As I kept everything to myself, I began to resent the people around me. Everyone seemed so happy all the time. All I wanted was one day where I didn’t wake up with this unbearable heavy feeling.
Over the past three years, I’ve often prioritized schoolwork, Student Life and paid work over all else. Has my pursuit of perfection come at the expense of my own physical and mental well-being?
Be nice to your body during finals week. Eat an apple, close your eyes and slap on a face mask.
Over the past month, my colleagues have been lambasting the state of Student Health Services. I’m here to affirm that the resources offered by this school don’t fix, and can sometimes exacerbate, the problems of mental health.
Each year, around 100 Washington University students choose to take a medical leave of absence for mental health reasons, according to Tom Brounk, director of Mental Health Services at Student Health Services.
At the Sept. 19 Student Union Senate meeting, Senators Tyler Tran, Brian Adler and Jeff Berkowitz launched their “Mental Health Initiative.” While I applaud these senators for looking into this issue, I was upset with their approach.
Mental health resources are severely lacking and are made even more inaccessible by restrictions set in place by Washington University.
From just that one email checking in with me, I told him everything that was going on, and we met for an hour in person over coffee later that week to discuss how I was feeling.
SHS’s Mental Health Services are poorly equipped for students in need of long-term help because of SHS’s inability to fulfill a steady stream of appointment requests.