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Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About: Laws aim to reform mental health care

<i>Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About</i>: Laws aim to reform mental health care
Helen Arase, senior photojournalism major, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 18. After graduation, Arase plans to work for a daily news publication or as a freelance photojournalist. Bipolar disorder affects more than 5.7 million American adults. / photo by Celine Dehban Elizabeth Ortiz Health Editor During her spring break as a college freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, Helen... 

Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About: Students hesitate to seek treatment

<i>Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About</i>: Students hesitate to seek treatment
Elizabeth Ortiz Health Editor Five years ago 17-year-old Katie Madden sat with her parents and told them she needed to talk to them about a serious matter. Her parents were concerned and anxiously stared at her, waiting for her to begin speaking. Her voice was shaky as she confessed she had been having suicidal thoughts, and she began crying when she said she felt there was something emotionally wrong... 

Facebook tool needs work

A suicide prevention interface tool will soon be appearing on your Facebook newsfeed, and many are wondering how effective this new feature will be at recognizing and potentially stopping a suicide attempt. Facebook announced Feb. 25 that it would be implementing a process that would allow users to directly report their friends’ posts that may be seen as troubling. After a user reports a post, Facebook’s... 

Commentary: Trigger warnings are necessary

<i>Commentary</i>: Trigger warnings are necessary
Katie Madde, Managing Editor I’m tired of having to read articles in class that vividly describe gruesome rape cases with no warning whatsoever. I’m tired of having videos of graphic violence thrown in my face. I’m absolutely exhausted of being told to suck it up and deal with it. For some people the term “trigger warnings” brings to mind ideas of censorship or violation of free speech, while... 

Green ribbons raise awareness

Tyler Harrison Staff Writer The La Verne City Council has named the third week of March as “Green Ribbon Week” in hope of raising awareness about mental disorders. At the city council meeting on Tuesday Mayor Don Kendrick, council members, and Tri-City Mental Health Services representatives Jessie Duff, the executive director, and Jaime Holes, the community capacity organizer, gave a presentation... 

Repairing shattered souls

Repairing shattered souls
Depression affects a quarter of students. Most are too embarrassed to seek help. According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a chronic illness requiring long-term treatment. People who suffer from depression are commonly aged 25-years-old to 44-years-old. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of energy, and crying without reason. Hormones, inherited traits, life events and early childhood trauma are believed... 

Jordan presents research on state mental health regulations

Jordan presents research on state mental health regulations
Valerie Jordan presents a lecture explaining how states differ on various mental health issues and state-specific licensing exams for psychologists. Jordan, professor of psychology, titled her lecture “State-by-State Variation in Mental Health Regulations.” It was part of the Faculty Lecture series on Monday in the President’s Dining Room. / photo by Brittney Slater-Shew Karo Chakhlasyan Staff... 

When the pain is too much

When the pain is too much
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the college-aged population. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24 in 2007, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. An estimated 11 suicide attempts happen for every suicide death. The National Institute for Mental Health states that most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress,... 
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