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Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

April 24, 2019


Filed under Features

Though psychedelics are often portrayed in popular culture as recreational drugs, psychedelics like ayahuasca have played a role in religious ceremonies and alternative medicine. Josh — not his real name — a junior, was 23 when he took mental health treatment into his own hands with a do-it-your...

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

Vermont’s dark winters, with their bluster and shadow, leave many studetns struggling with their mental health. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in nine percent of New England’s population, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Health. D...

This year, do self-care for you

This year, do self-care for you

Izzy Abraham

January 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Mid-way through January, many people have New Years’ resolutions dictating their daily routines and choices. By opting to work out more frequently, eat a healthier diet or cut back on alcohol and drugs, many people are picking up self-care, a significant pop culture trend. However, I want to thro...

UVM mental health professionals: we care about you

Letter to the Editor

November 17, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

We who work to support UVM students’ health and well-being continually seek ways to improve the services we provide that support students’ mental health needs. Like colleges across the country, UVM is experiencing an increase in student need for mental health and disability-related support. Ou...

CAPS uses short-term model

CAPS uses short-term model

Ben Drape, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

UVM’S Counseling and Psychiatry Services are only meant to be used as short-term counseling, despite students desiring long-term services. CAPS uses a short-term model when counseling clients, Interim CAPS Director John-Paul Grogan said, although many students use the services for longer-term counseling and being...

SGA demands counselors

SGA demands counselors

Staff Editorial

April 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last week, SGA highlighted a desperate need for a counselor dedicated to the serving students of color at UVM. First-year SGA senator Carter Yee brought up a resolution calling on Counseling and Psychiatry Services to hire a mental health specialist to work specifically with students of color. We agr...

Mental health on campus

Mental health on campus

Staff Editorial

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last semester, a first-year illustrator on staff, Cole Thornton, was struggling with the transition to college. The stresses Thornton experienced were routine: balancing the buffet of social opportunities with new academic expectations. Like many students looking for professional help, he reached out to ...

Students need more mental health services

Students need more mental health services

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News

At the end of last semester, senior George S. Tolley IV sought help from Counseling and Psychiatry Services for the first time of his college career, he said. His was a special case, so after calling the office on a Tuesday he managed to get an appointment the following Friday, but most students ...

Dallying with dogs improves student mental health

Dallying with dogs improves student mental health

Libby Camp, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Uncategorized

Tight circles of grinning, kneeling students usually reveal flashes of a wagging tail or a lolling tongue. Thirty-seven percent of households in the U.S. have a dog, according to the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Vermont has the highest percentage of pet-owning households, as 70.8 percent of all...

Prioritizing mental health services

Prioritizing mental health services

Staff Editorial

September 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Taking care of your mental health is hard. Sitting in front of a professional and vulnerably telling them your worries? Not easy. Getting mental health homework? Some people would rather have four exams in one week. Maybe you think meditation sounds even scarier. Having to sit silently with your o...

Meditation will help ease stress and anxiety

Meditation will help ease stress and anxiety

December 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Chances are you dear Cynic readers are just about Trumped out, and would rather not read another thing about Trump and his latest shenanigans. Instead, I want to talk to about the benefits of meditation. I think we could all use some help staying sane in these trying times, especially with ...

Mental health: UVM’s crowning jewel

Mental health: UVM’s crowning jewel

December 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Our education goes far beyond what we learn in the classroom. Though the ultimate goal of an undergrad is to earn a degree, there is so much more to gain from a college experience than enhanced knowledge, especially at UVM. College is about the trials and tribulations of learning to overc...

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