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Fresh Perspective | Starting college in the middle of a pandemic

Fresh Perspective | Starting college in the middle of a pandemic

By Julia Smeltzer, For the Pitt News

September 13, 2020

In this week’s edition of Fresh Perspective, Julia Smeltzer follows the ups and downs of her mental health after moving into college in the middle of a pandemic.

Opinion | As campus life resumes, COVID-19 anxiety intensifies

Opinion | As campus life resumes, COVID-19 anxiety intensifies

By Alison Sivitz, Staff Columnist

August 18, 2020

While I haven’t been able to control the behavior of irresponsible peers and administrators, I have figured out a few ways to curb the bouts of health-related anxiety that result from watching their recklessness. Here are a few ways that you can, too:

Opinion | College students, your mental health will not improve on its own

Opinion | College students, your mental health will not improve on its own

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

July 21, 2020

If you’re already experiencing mental health issues, moving to campus will not fix them, and moving to campus will not make them better — no matter how ideal the independent, adult life in college seems.

Opinion | Consider joining a Counseling Center therapy group

Opinion | Consider joining a Counseling Center therapy group

By Loretta Donoghue, Senior Staff Columnist

July 20, 2020

College in the time of coronavirus is bound to be mentally draining for thousands of students. Thankfully, Pitt’s Counseling Center can help — incoming first-year students who find themselves struggling should consider joining a group counseling session.

Ashley Van Slyke: Reshaping how we reach others

Ashley Van Slyke: Reshaping how we reach others

By Madison Brewer | Leela Ekambarapu

April 10, 2020

Growing up, Ashley Van Slyke was used to helping people in her community, frequently volunteering with her family and church. Her main problem was figuring out how to do that professionally. “Originally, I wanted to join the military … and then I was like, ‘Oh no, I’ll be a teacher!’ An...

University Senate panel talks mental health in virtual meeting

The University Senate held a panel discussion on mental health in academic life during the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday afternoon via Zoom.

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Assistant News Editor

April 10, 2020

Pitt community members took the time Thursday to discuss how current events are affecting mental health in academia and what can be done to address it. 

Opinion | Account for mental health struggles when shaping curriculum

Opinion | Account for mental health struggles when shaping curriculum

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

April 1, 2020

I haven’t been able to get myself in a rhythm and routine of accomplishing all of my school work as normal, and frankly, I shouldn’t be expected to.

University responds to pandemic’s effect on mental health

Even though in-person programs such as drop-in hours and Let’s Talk have been suspended, Pitt’s Counseling Center provides students with access to Therapy Assistance Online, a resource with interactive therapy programs.

By Katie Sottile, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

The changes to the semester and the unprecedented nature of the pandemic can evoke feelings of anxiety within students, said Dr. Jay Darr, director of the Counseling Center. According to Darr, the Counseling Center has modified its arrangement of services to assist students virtually, in lieu of in-person appointments.

Opinion | Fostering mental health amid the COVID-19 crisis

Opinion | Fostering mental health amid the COVID-19 crisis

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

March 16, 2020

Humans love certainty. For individuals who suffer from chronic anxiety, this sentiment proves especially true.

Opinion | Battling seasonal depression

Opinion | Battling seasonal depression

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

February 25, 2020

Instead of succumbing to misery for the whole season, students should try out different methods of battling Seasonal Affective Disorder and see what works for them.

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