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Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Welcome Back 2018

Marsha Robbins' therapy dog program has been bringing calming canines to Pitt for years.

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s Athletics Department announced a new partnership with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to add two full-time mental health counselors to the department’s staff to interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, according to a statement released Wednesday. Student-athletes were previously referred to WPIC for mental health treatment. The new program will include one-on-one counseling and focus on techniques for practi...

Students learn about mental health first aid

Students learn about mental health first aid

By Cassidy Power | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

“How can I help?” and “How do I start a conversation?” are questions Sean Moundas, a psychologist at the University Counseling Center, gets asked a lot when it comes to mental health. “Over half of those with mental health challenges go untreated,” Moundas said. At the Be The Difference...

Single and ready to … stay that way

Single and ready to … stay that way

By Vaibhavi Patria | Columnist

February 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It took me until my sophomore year to finally give up my need to be in a relationship. In the past, I constantly felt an urgency to date or be in committed relationships rather than casual ones. When I was dating people, I never truly felt happy and secure. But during the times I wasn’t dating, I...

Panel sheds light on refugee mental health

Panel sheds light on refugee mental health

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

If you had to make a list of your four most important things, tangible or intangible, what would they be? This is the question panelist Sarah Faulx posed to 40 audience members Friday night in William Pitt Union Dining Room B. After encouraging them to take out their phones and make the list, she...

Asian-American entertainer discusses representation

Asian-American entertainer discusses representation

By Hannah Schneider, For The Pitt News

November 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

After her sister committed suicide in 2007, Anna Akana felt she had no purpose in life — until she was drawn into the world of stand-up comedy. “It’s the only thing that made me feel alive,” Akana said. But she wasn’t even aware comedy was a viable career path for her until she saw A...

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Kevin Briggs thinks his unofficial title — “guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” — sounds “egotistical.” “I’m not a big fan of the name,” Briggs said in an email. “I think there are many ‘Guardians’ all over the world, both first responder and citizen.” Briggs, a Californ...

Student struggles illuminated at mental health vigil

Student struggles illuminated at mental health vigil

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After sustaining a concussion playing street basketball during his junior year of high school, Wyatt Macejka’s life would never be the same. The senior psychology major was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a result of the concussion, and he struggled through his recovery. “I couldn...

Students speak out about mental health

Students speak out about mental health

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Emiola Jay Oriola said he’s not native to writing poetry — and he didn’t used to like art — but in the eulogy he wrote for his father’s funeral, he found that a poem came out. “It was very brand new, so I started to cultivate it, seek God and ask ‘what is this?’ and more poetry cam...

Dear social media: it’s not you, it’s my mental health

Dear social media: it’s not you, it’s my mental health

By Audreela Deb | For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Ah, summer. The season of vacation getaways and seasonal internships. Afternoon barbecues and late night bonfires; Fourth of July pool parties and sunbathing trips to the beach. And there’s proof of it all on social media — at least, if this year was anything like last. Instead of devouring th...

Pitt to screen acclaimed documentary

Pitt to screen acclaimed documentary

By Lexi Kennell / for The Pitt News

February 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies

Not all tragedies end in misery. “Here One Day,” a documentary that follows one family coping with a mother’s suicide, offers hope and a positive message negating the stigma surrounding mental illness. The award-winning documentary will make its Pittsburgh premiere in the William Pitt Union Wednesday, Fe...

I need Adderall, you probably don’t

I need Adderall, you probably don’t

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

November 10, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“I took eighteen credits this semester and got straight A+’s, all thanks to Adderall!” Students affectionately call Adderall everything from a “study drug” to “accomplish mints.” On a rigorous college campus, Adderall — like steroids ­— helps students who are non-prescription users co...

Stop stigmatizing, start humanizing mental illness

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

October 27, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As mass shootings and other incomprehensible events happen so frequently, we search for the guilty, the motive and the solution. On Oct. 1st, Christopher Harper-Mercer was suspected of killing 10 people in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. It was the 294th shooting this year in which four or more people were killed or injured, classifying it...

Editorial: Pitt, let’s be clear on mental health

Editorial: Pitt, let’s be clear on mental health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In the wake of three student suicides in less than a year, Pitt is working to transform the way it combats the effects of mental illness. Here on campus, Student Government Board, along with other student organizations, has formed a coalition with the University administration and the Counseling Center...

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