Wajert: Steps for seeking help

Lyndsey Wajert, the Hatchet’s contributing opinions editor, examines what other universities have done to deal with a recent rise in mental health issues among college age students.

Imagine returning to your residence hall after Thanksgiving break to find your roommate in tears over a breakup with her high school boyfriend of three years.

You try to convince her that she will be able to move on, that she just needs some time. But even upon returning from winter break, she has yet to get better. She isn’t eating, she isn’t going to classes and her goal every weekend is to drink so much she can’t remember why she was upset in the first place.

You begin to wonder: Can the sting of an ended relationship turn into long-term depression? When does the phrase “I can’t live without him” signal a deeper problem?

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