Skip to main content

Full text of "The Gateway (2011-03-31)"

See other formats


There are a number of resources on campus and in the city for people who need help. From anxiety and depression, to addiction, suicidal 
thoughts or other mental conditions, the first place to turn is the on the second floor of SUB. They are open from 

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year. There are a number of general practitioners on staff, and they can recommend other options. 


across from UHC on the second floor of SUB, has drop-in hours throughout the week. Check out the UHC web 


Student Counselling Service 

site at www.uhc.ualberta.ca. 


The Students' Union runs the in the basement of SUB, 0-30N. They have drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the fall 

and winter semesters. You can also reach them by phone at . The City of Edmonton also runs a that can be 

reached 24 hours a day at 


KEATUR1 


THE GATEWAY • volume Cl number 44 


"It's not so much wanting to die as it is a 
struggle between wanting to live and [not] 
wanting to deal with the pain that they're in. 
A lot of people — and these are the people 
that then think of suicide — can't think 
of any way to get rid of that pain except 
by ending their life." 

- Shoghi Nikoo 
Director, Peer Support Centre 




notes that it has also 
seen an upswing in use 
and he would like to see a 
larger increase in counsellors. 

“There’s still just a general lack of 
understanding of what mental health is, and 
what depression and anxiety do to students. 
There’s still this mentality at times that univer¬ 
sity is tough, and you’re going to have rimes 
that you're stressed out, but that’s not neces¬ 
sarily a good reason to just accept things [...] 
There is stress and anxiety related to going to 
school, but it shouldn't become debilitating.” 

Dehod says that undergraduates face a 
number of stressful situations that can cause 
their mental state to spiral out of control. 
Students are worried about finding employ¬ 
ment when they graduate, and many are 
living away from home and lack the support 
network that guided them when they were 
younger. Such stressful situations in univer¬ 
sity are made worse by a generation that is too 
hard on itself, something reflective of larger 
societal Issues, he says, noting that today, 
’’more is just demanded of people.” 

"People are so hard on tliemselves all 
the time. What continually comes up with 
all these mental health issues is, ‘it's your 
fault because you’re not budgeting your 
time efficiently, it's your fault because your 


grandfather died, and tltat's the first time 
you’ve experienced death, so it’s your fault 
you can’t handle it.’ That's an issue. People are 
too hard on themselves." 

Beth says dial she knave's that she will 
always deal with suicide in her life. It’s a real¬ 
ity accompanying her mental illness, but she 
say's that it can get better. 

She hasn’t attempted suicide since she was 
13, but Belli knows it will always Ire at the 
back of her mind if she’s having a particu¬ 
larly bad day. But she stresses that building a 
support network and being able to confide in 
loved ones who will help without judgment is 
the best way to continue living a healthy life, 

“As an educated adult. I know that it’s not a 
good option and I need to change my thought 
patterns [. .") but 1 know dial suicidal thoughts 
aren’t going to go away magically. And it is 
sometliing I’m going to straggle with. And 
just because somebody is suicidal doesn’t 
mean that their life isn’t going to change or 
that they can’t get better. And 1 think that’s the 
biggest tiling people need to understand."