An open letter to the student body regarding mental health
When it comes to health, students often think solely about their physical health and the benefits that accompany an active lifestyle. Although the importance of physical health cannot be underestimated, it is impossible to truly succeed in an academic setting if equal focus is not applied to mental health. One in every four college students struggle with a mental illness, yet rarely do we ever engage mental health with the respect that it deserves. Our nation’s leaders are far too quick to blame mental health for societal ills, yet rarely work towards policy that addresses the issue through respectful dialogue and reform.
Here at MSU, we are witnessing a microcosm of the national disengagement and stigmatization surrounding mental health. Our Counseling Center has not had a director in nearly three yearsand is struggling to provide students with the care that they need. Representatives from ASMSU have been pursuing this issue vigilantly for the better part of a year with no substantive response.