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Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“You are not alone. Have faith. Surround yourself with people who make you happy. You are stronger than you believe yourself to be. I am strong. You are strong. We are strong.” --MS, Student

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I experienced such crushing grief that I didn't know if my life would ever be the same. Talking to friends, medication, and finding ways to make others feel better helped me. It took a long time and it was one of the hardest things I've had to do, but my grief eventually subsided.” --Anonymous

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“Driven. Efficient. Some words used to describe me. I deny it, feeling weak.  My perfectionism is daunting. It rears its head every time I do anything. Not good enough. Not fast enough. Not perfect enough...Not...enough. When I realized I was considering unhealthy coping skills, I decided it may be time to reach out for more support. Seeking...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“Help and support can come in many forms. A simple conversation, a simple cup of coffee, or even a smile. These simple things can lead to longer conversations, better ways of helping and more meaningful support. Just keep in mind that sometimes well meaning people may not know how to help or offer the support that is needed - they may even come...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I am not one to do this, but now is the time to not be silent anymore, and especially about this issue: mental health. Most people know I have a huge heart and would drop everything for someone, even a complete stranger. But sometimes, I just wanted to feel and be wanted and not used. About four months ago my life took a downward spiral and I...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“Asking for help doesn't make you weak. It makes you better!” --LL, Faculty/Staff

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I have suffered from anxiety and depression since middle school. I went to therapy and have been on medication for almost 6 years now. I used to be ashamed of having a mental illness, but I feel like it makes me stronger--I have had to push myself harder because of it. One of my biggest struggles is with negative self talk, and I'm still...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“You are not alone. It is okay to not be okay.” -Anonymous

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I grew up in an abusive and dysfunctional family of people who believed that the only help or therapy needed was keeping feelings and traumas in the family. It was so challenging and discouraging to seek help at first. Once I realized my sadness was hurting me physically to the point of not being able to get out of bed. I was diagnosed with...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“I am a Kent student preparing to work in the mental health field and I have bipolar disorder, dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder), and panic disorder. I have had many people in my life tell me I can't do things due to having "severe" mental illness. I've been mistreated by the mental health system and...