Family gossip. Religious predispositions. The stigma of having a diagnosis. There are many reasons why an individual might be timid to approach CAPS, or counseling and psychological services on the UNC campus. The new Active Minds initiative is created in order to present an alternative solution for individuals who are having a difficulty going to CAPS alone: they’re offering company on the journey to the building. Continue reading
As I have grown older, I have noticed my views on mental illness, especially depression, shift immensely. Notice how I used the word “mental illness.” The second word in that phrase, “illness,” is the most important word you can take away from this.
First I would like to clarify two very important things: Depression is real and it is and illness. It is not a concept manipulated by a person in order to seek attention. It is hard to explain to a person who has not experienced it directly or seen the serious effects it can have on a loved one. So let me do my best. Continue reading