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Social stigmas around mental health need to stop

By Anthony Parlogean | December 1, 2019

Words like crazy, mad, insane and feeble-minded may come up when thinking about mental illness. Whether they are antiquated or in present-day vernacular, negative sounding words like these are linked to the social stigma surrounding mental health. To...


A first-hand account of living with depression

By Anthony Parlogean | October 30, 2019

“Stop feeling sorry for yourself,” I was told. “There are people far worse off than you.”The world is obviously full of suffering and misery, and someone complaining about feeling “blue” might come across as annoyingly frivolous, but it’s...

Pay tribute to Dr. King’s message with pride and justice

By Ashley Hines | January 21, 2019

As Americans celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s important to pay tribute to his stances on social issues in a manner that does the whole of his advocacy justice. In addition to strides made during the Civil Rights Movement, King’s...

Eric Kussin, the founder of #SameHere Movement talks about his experiences at an event organized by the NIU Counseling and Consultation Services Department on Tuesday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. 

#SameHere Movement advocates for mental health conversations

By Courtney Ransom | October 11, 2018

DeKALB - NIU was one of 15 schools across the United States selected to host the Global Health Alliance: We’re all a Little “Crazy” #SameHere Sit-Down college tour.Profession sports executive Eric Kussin founded the #SameHere movement in July 2017....


Pass the Ketchup: An Inside Look at OCD

By Ginger Simons | October 20, 2017

Like most mental disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is largely misunderstood. People often use it as an adjective to describe their organizational habits or the fact they always carry hand sanitizer. It's often portrayed on TV by quirky characters...

Stop inflammation with healthy diet

Students: Take action to ease your mental health

By Blake Glosson | November 5, 2014

One in five of your friends, classmates or colleagues likely suffers from a mental illness.Unfortunately, research has shown this to be the case, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Two of the most prevalent mental disorders are anxiety...

Public safety must be the main concern when discussing gun laws

By Logan Short | January 26, 2011

The story of Jared Loughner reminded me of Steven Kazmierczak. After reports came out that the man charged with the Tucson shooting had been kicked out of Pima Community College until he could provide documents from a mental health specialist indicating...

Mental illness can be helped

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | November 10, 2010

In 2009, the DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board issued a ‘Needs Assessment' that stated 46.4 percent of DeKalb County residents are expected to have at least one mental or substance disorder at some time in their lives. "Medically, I think...