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Each January, we recognize and consider the works of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. His name has become synonymous with quietly standing up for one's beliefs and forging change. What many people don't realize is that MLK fought his own demons - namely depression. People who worked with Dr. King have told the stories of his depression. His demeanor sometimes went from ebullient to morose; he was often exhausted, and constantly worried. Some historians point to the intense stress he was under as the likely reason for his depression. However, mental health experts suggest that stress later in life does not explain the suicide attempts he made as a youth, or the periods of hospitalizations he had for being "exhausted." This month, as you take a moment to remember Dr. King's legacy, honor him by taking care of your own mental health. Check your symptoms at and find local resources.
January is a time for a fresh start. It's a new year, you have a new set of classes, and you have resolved to do as well as possible in 2018. Did you know that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to help others? A great way to do this is to join a student organization that has a mission of service to the larger world. Doing so will have many benefits, including: • Learning more about yourself. Find your strengths and test your knowledge in a real-world environment • Building your people skills. Learning to work well and connect with others is important not just in the workplace but for your long-term health and happiness. A student organization is a great environment in which to practice giving and receiving advice and improving your abilities to work as part of a team • Decreasing symptoms of depression. Some 40 studies show that volunteering can decrease depression symptoms, and one survey of more than 3,000 volunteers showed that 94% of participants reported that volunteering improved their mood. Keep in mind that college is a time to test both your academic abilities and your abilities to work with others. Finding a balance between the two, while doing work that makes a positive difference in the world is an experience that will have lasting benefits and help you shape a meaningful future. If you think your mental health needs more than the benefits of volunteering, check it at
Learn the outlining signs that you may recognize in yourself and/or others to be alert and know where to reach out to for assistance regarding suicidal thoughts and intents. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Orientation Room - PCC 2270 Presented by Lydia Lewis
This informative workshop will teach you techniques for dealing with difficult family members, weight gain, and substance abuse among other things during this stressful time of the year. November 20th from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm in the Orientation Room. Presented by Trisha Nelson
The psychology, mental health benefits, and social aspects of exercise are just a few of the topics that will be taught. Understand how being active, social and engaged can balance your life. Wednesday, November 8th 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Orientation Room - PCC 2270 Presented by Katie Kiacz
On Friday, May 19 Jeff Simms, Trisha Nelson, and Mari Yancho presented at the 2017 Michigan Academic Advising Association Annual Conference in Lansing, Michigan. Jeff and Trisha's presentation was called, "College Student Mental Health and the Role of Counseling in Academic Advising," and Mari's was "How Can We Advise What We Don't Know? A model for improving advisor accuracy." We are proud of our Counseling & Student Development Faculty and heard excellent reviews of their presentations.
December 22, 2017
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