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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Photo Illustration: A student waiting outside the Counseling and Psychiatry Services office at 146 South Williams St. Nov. 16. In spring 2020, CAPS implemented a triage system, but some students feel neglected by the service.

Campus mental health support system has year-long closed waitlist

Noah Diedrich, Cynic News Reporter December 5, 2022

Content warning: mentions of eating disorder, suicide Vermont Psychological Services has stopped admitting people to its waitlist, the wait for which is now over a year long, VPS Director Kathleen Kennedy...

Why asking for help isn’t the hardest part

Why asking for help isn’t the hardest part

Ayelet Kaminski, Opinion Columnist November 30, 2022

Content warning: discussion of self-harm  Although I had started struggling with my mental health long before seeking professional help, I was 15 when I made my first step towards the journey of treatment.  Of...

A smile can stretch a mile

A smile can stretch a mile

Petra Zucker, Opinion Columnist November 17, 2022

I have always been known as someone who is friendly and constantly smiling.  Every morning, on my long walk from Redstone campus to my classes on Central campus, I see people I know or recognize.  Whether...

Start therapy before you feel you need it

Start therapy before you feel you need it

Emma Dinsmore, Opinion Columnist November 7, 2022

Content warning: discussion of mental illness, disordered eating Overcoming my fear of therapy before reaching a mental health crisis was the best thing I ever did for my mental wellbeing. Therapy...

I slept six hours a night my first year of college, here’s how you can avoid that

I slept six hours a night my first year of college, here’s how you can avoid that

Sam Jefferson, Culture Staff Writer October 24, 2022

Getting good sleep in college is hard, and it’s even more so on campus.  My first year at UVM, I slept horrendously. I’d shut my blinds but nothing could stop the glaring Wilks/Davis/Wing parking...

My name is Grace and I love to dance, here’s why you should too

My name is Grace and I love to dance, here’s why you should too

Grace Visco, Opinion Editor October 20, 2022

It’s no secret I love to dance. As a dance minor, I spend Monday through Friday breaking it down in Cohen Hall and in the Mann Hall Gym during my dance classes.  On the weekends, you can find...

Everything your parents don’t tell you about magic mushrooms

Everything your parents don’t tell you about magic mushrooms

Abby Stevens, Opinion Columnist October 19, 2022

Hippies in the ‘60s and ‘70s were not just messing around with “magic mushrooms,” they were actually pioneering a new treatment option for physical ailments and mental health disorders.  Psilocybin,...

Photo illustration: Adjusting to college can be difficult for first-years, but resources like Living Well and CAPS can help with the adjustment.

First-years report feelings of loneliness in college transition

Ava Pick, Features Staff Writer October 6, 2022

UVM’s Class of 2026 is the most academically qualified in the University’s history, according to a May 4 UVM Today article. However, many students have still reported facing challenges in the transition...

Prescription drugs aren’t a miracle cure

Prescription drugs aren’t a miracle cure

Christophe Meunier, Opinion Columnist September 13, 2022

I don’t have feelings anymore. I can’t remember the last time I truly felt happy, the last time I truly felt sad, the last time I truly felt bothered by something.  My life now is just an unending...

A student studies in the Davis Center atrium.

Students deal with post-spring break stress

Caroline Hess, Features Staff Writer April 1, 2022

The return from spring break marks the beginning of the final stretch to the end of the semester. Days off this semester include Town Meeting Day and President’s Day, according to the 2021-22 Academic...

Take mental health days when needed

Take mental health days when needed

Emily Johnston, Opinion Editor March 21, 2022

An alarm blares at 8:30 a.m. sharp, starting a typical day on campus. Yet, as I roll over to hit snooze, I realize I don’t feel like my usual self. I’m sluggish, overwhelmed and in need of a break. Mental...

The Living Well office is located on the first floor of the Davis Center.

Living Well space re-opens

Sabine Foerg, Features Staff Writer October 20, 2021

In a whirlwind return to in-person campus events and packed lecture halls, students can find peace in the calm, welcoming space of Living Well. Living Well reclaimed its space on the bottom floor of...

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