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“It was my sophomore year in college when it began. Sitting in a classroom, riding on a bus, being in a movie theater, eating at a restaurant---all became anxiety triggers. It was a sense of being “trapped” in a place that caused me to be so anxious.  I would get an overwhelming sense of HAVING to leave the place. I can’t even begin to...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I have witnessed members of my immediate family treated like second-class citizens time and time again as a result of their battle with addiction and mental illness. The mere mention of being in a recovery program or being prescribed antipsychotic medication often elicits eye-rolls, scoffs, and the implication that those who have struggled with...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“Last november I was at a conference in Arizona And I saw a man speak One of the best neurosurgeons in the world A leading scientist at the mayo clinic He's saved hundreds of lives He immigrated from mexico, illegally at first Ended up at harvard medical school They're making a movie about him. When I heard him speak He said that he worries every...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“For a few years, I was in a dark place in my life. I struggled with anxiety and depression. There were nights where I wanted to completely give up and stop breathing. With an amazing support system of my family and friends, my days were getting better. The best decision I made during this rough patch in my life was go to counseling. I learned...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“From age 11-15, I felt beyond hopeless. Multiple suicide attempts, anxiety ,and an eating disorder, I thought I was far too gone. I didn’t believe when I always heard life gets better, I couldn’t understand why people loved life. Finally, I learned to make my life into the way I want, and truly work to find happiness in everything, and...

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"If I go quiet for a moment, I assure you that I am listening. If there's a sudden distance in my eyes, I promise I'm still interested. If I seem far away, Please don't mistaken me for impolite or aloof. If I go quiet for a moment, It's because I'm silently managing". - @anxietysupport via Instagram --T.M.G., Faculty/Staff

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

"Good enough" - a phrase Imposing a standard of our own creation A dark, most sinister invitation for our minds To spin endlessly, Conceiving a million ways we fall short; A million ways to fix it. And when you're inevitably Whittled to nothing, The result of carving your soul In a never-ending attempt to Suddenly slip into that role, I promise...

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“I'm a KSU staff member who struggles with anxiety and depression. These lyrics continue to bring me hope in difficult times: But if your strife strikes at your sleep Remember spring swaps snow for leaves You'll be happy and wholesome again When the city clears and sun ascends "Winter Winds" by Mumford and Sons” --Anonymous

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“She stands alone within the moonlit yard. Her shadow faintly sprawls across the grass. The stone memorial and she are scarred. Grazed by the wind, her eyes resemble glass. Slowly, the stars so bright begin to fade. The sun arrives; dewdrops evaporate. The light reveals the truth she longs to trade Her throat constricts as she accepts her fate....

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I have struggled with depression for 25 years.  I have been on nearly every medication you’ve ever heard of.  I was hospitalized 3 times for depression. I have been where you are.  I know what you’re going through. It hurts and it’s hard, but you can get better. I’ve been doing well for the past several years.  It’s with me every...