November 4, 2011
The great outdoors, something that UNH has plenty of. Living on a college campus with lots of green space was a major selling point for me. It not only gave the campus a beautiful look, but it also calmed me. Going to school in Boston my freshman year was quite stressful at times. I would study for exams, quizzes and create presentations, THEN go outside for some relaxation and immediately be bombarded by honking horns, speeding cars, people going here, there and everywhere. It was a lot for... Read More
October 3, 2011
This past summer a hockey player for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL, Rick Rypien, passed away where he resides in Coleman, Alberta. His former team, the Vancouver Canucks reported that Rypien had been suffering from severe depression. On the ice he was a heavy-hitting, skilled, two-way hockey player. Though, off the ice his mental health was a rollercoaster ride. The Jet's Assistant General Manager Craig Heisinger, stated that Rypien was a simple guy that had some issues to deal with. His... Read More
September 19, 2011
Everyone has felt that anxious feeling starting in the pit of our stomachs and ultimately convincing us that we simply do not have enough time. This reoccurring emotion has a name and it’s called stress. As defined by dictionary.com, stress is the pressure or tension exerted on a particular object. When your body becomes to feel stressed, it reacts by preparing either to “fight or flee” the situation. When this is activated, adrenaline and norepinephrine are released to focus attention on the... Read More
April 22, 2011
During Public Health Week at UNH, I had the liberty to attend a seminar run by Dr. David Cross, Director of the UNH Counseling Center. His presentation focused on identifying “at risk” students on campus and what can be done to help them. With nine licensed psychologists, three pre-doctoral interns, one post-doctoral fellow, and three administrative staff, the Counseling Center is located on the third floor of Smith Hall. The center offers multiple services ranging from individual and group... Read More
April 18, 2011
Were you severely disturbed by the tsunami in Japan? How about the incredible aftershocks that continuously debilitate the land? If you’re one of the thousands, who cannot stop thinking about these poor people or perhaps were a part of those awful days, you may need help. Traumatic events such as the tsunami and 9/11 have caused severe stress to individuals throughout the world and something must be done before it gets out of control.
Here are 6 ways to cope with stress and trauma before it’s... Read More
March 25, 2011
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia found in people aged sixty-five and older. Today, upwards of 5.3 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. One person is diagnosed every seventy seconds. Though many cases of Alzheimer’s are gene-related, the majority are not. Studies have recently shown dietary interventions may help protect against mental decline and potentially prevent brain-wasting diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Dietary interventions are as follows:
Dark... Read More
March 16, 2011
Whole grains, fruits, vegetables…who would think those have anything to do with keeping a healthy mind? A great deal of research shows that deficiency in vitamins and essential nutrients can have harmful effects on the body, yet often they are not associated with mental health. Interestingly, there is research proven to support the fact that diets deficient in vitamins such as C, D and B vitamins, as well as protein can cause symptoms of depression or other mental health illnesses.
In an... Read More
February 21, 2011
Established in the UNH community in the spring of 2010, Active Minds is a relatively new student-run group on campus that aims to remove the social stigma that surrounds mental issues on campuses throughout North America. The goal of Active Minds is to provide information and resources to students regarding mental health issues in order to increase awareness and gain support. In discussing the occurrence and characteristics of mental illnesses, Active Minds hopes to encourage students to seek... Read More
February 15, 2011
Unfortunately, that nice, long five-week break is over for college students. Gone (for the next four months) are the days of sleeping for as long as you wanted, going to the gym for as long as you wanted, and not having any lingering class projects hanging over your head. Returning to school and resuming classes after a long break can bring up mixed emotions. According to Reachout.com, several common feelings associated with this change include stress or anxiousness (especially about new... Read More
January 28, 2011
Everyone deserves a voice. The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, SHARPP, is open to anyone in the UNH community (students, faculty, and staff) to help you find your voice. Going through domestic or sexual violence is terrifying. SHARRP’s advocates work with you to connect you to the right resources to help you get back on your feet.
The SHARPP program is located in Verrette House, across the street from Stoke Hall. It is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. During these... Read More