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Mental illness: a silent struggle for students

Mental illness: a silent struggle for students

Renee Willard

October 19, 2016

The National Alliance for Mental Illness has declared the first week of October “Mental Health Awareness Week.” The week is dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and it’s especially important for the one out of four college students who will be diagnosed with a mental i...

LivingWell helps to celebrate recovery month

Anna Power

October 6, 2016

This September, UVM celebrated Recovery Month through Living Well’s Catamount Recovery Program, a programmed housing option for students recovering from addiction. “The Catamount Recovery Program was developed to create a community and a home for students that are in recovery,” Amy Boyd Austin, coor...

New therapy dogs to soothe UVM students

New therapy dogs to soothe UVM students

September 29, 2016

With many students’ first exams coming up, some are “going to the dogs” to reduce stress. Upperclassmen will remember Tucker, LivingWell’s resident therapy Golden Retriever, who hosted “office hours” for students to interact with him. Tucker has since moved to Redstone campus to wo...

An honest narrative of a first meditation

An honest narrative of a first meditation

Hunter Colvin

February 3, 2016

I’ve never really meditated. Not unless you count the mini meditation I did at the end of a yoga class I took that one time. But I was too busy wiping copious amounts of sweat from, well, everywhere to really meditate. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of meditation, though.  I mean, ...

Your symptoms may be more than the ‘Winter Blues’

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December 10, 2015

As the winter months quickly approach, some students are bracing for the onset of seasonal affective disorder.“SAD is a form of clinical depression, where people experience bouts of depression in the fall [and] winter months, and feel pretty great in the spring [and] summer months,” said Jennifer Mahon, a doctoral candida...

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