Globe’s Point: Your Mental Health Matters

This week the Center for Media Innovation (CMI) held a mental health symposium, which again gives us a reminder that mental health matters.


We are already five weeks into classes, a third of the way into the semester, which is a huge accomplishment. Please give yourself a pat on the back as you read this, but also stop and ask, when was the last time you truly did something for yourself? 


At this point in the semester, it can be easy to be swept up in the rhythm of things, balancing classes, work, clubs, homework, maybe a social life somewhere in there. But what all those things have in common is that you are at the forefront of them. While you may be tired of hearing the term self-care, it truly is the most important aspect of life. Unfortunately, especially for college students, self-care gets put way beyond the back burner. It is in the cabinet that is overflowing with pots and pans and containers, and it’s so full that you don’t even know it’s there anymore.


But you can change this. You do have the power to prioritize taking care of yourself and your mental health. Do not push aside your feelings or tear yourself apart because at the end of the day, who or what is that benefiting? Is it really helping you finish that assignment or attend that class? 


We could list mental health tips for days, but it all comes back to doing what is best for you and making the time for it. Whether that is carving out 10 minutes to meditate each morning or leaving a few minutes early before class to walk outside or watching a show 30 minutes before going to bed. Whatever it is, prioritize the time for it as much as you prioritize the time for any of your other responsibilities, if not even more. You deserve to do something good for yourself, and there is the time for it.


You are not alone. It is okay to ask for help. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the counseling center. You can set up an appointment or recurring appointments with the counseling center through email or phone number, [email protected], 412-392-3977. If you are in need of immediate help, call the Sucide and Crisis Hotline at 988 or the Resolve Crisis Center at 888-796-8226.