By: Samantha Bryant
While helping to develop the “Spring Out of Stress!” campaign, I had one aim in mind – if the campaign reached one student and offered them a brief moment of reflection, then it was all worth it. The subject of academic stress is one that is close to me. As a graduate student, I have experienced both good and bad academic stress and have watched my colleagues go through the all too familiar and emotional waves – from elation to hopelessness in the time it takes to walk out of the room and refill a cup of coffee.
Peer Perspectives is continuing our blog series that spotlights Strength In Peers staff members. This month we interviewed Tony McClenney, Peer Support Specialist and recent addition to the Strength In Peers team.
Keep up-to-date with our groups and Drop-In Recovery Center with our new calendar. Effective April and May 2017.
By: Samantha Bryant
Nectar by Upile Chisala is a must-read. It is the second poetry collection by the Malawian storyteller and speaks to the power of self-love, self-care, and finding one’s voice.
Peer Perspectives is launching a blog series where we spotlight Strength In Peers staff members. This week we interviewed Ragan McManus, Peer Support Specialist and one of the newest additions to the Strength In Peers team.
A new substance abuse recovery group is in town. Strength In Peers is facilitating a “Turn the Page” support group in Page County. Not a 12-step or a faith-based recovery group, the group addresses substance abuse and mental health. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 10:00AM-11:00AM at the Virginia Cooperative Extension at 215 W Main St. “C,” Stanley, VA.
Associating mental illness with racism, sexism, homophobia, and all around discrimination is, in short, problematic. Currently making the rounds are articles concerning Donald Trump’s potential mental illnesses and/or personality disorders. He is not the first nor will he be the last to have their prejudice (and violence) attributed to mental illness (See Dylann Roof, Elliot Rogers, and Omar Mateen). Honestly, I do not read these articles and I do not feel that I need to. The problem is not in their perceived accuracy or inaccuracy. The problem is that they situate racism (and all other -isms) as abnormal, stripping away a bigot’s responsibility for their words and actions.
Strength In Peers is offering a new support group titled “Parenting Under Stress.” The group is aimed at parents facing stressful situations. Meetings take place on Thursdays from 10:00AM-11:00AM.
This week, STAT released the results of a survey that pointed to the high demand of mental health care services by students on U.S. college campuses. STAT surveyed both large public universities and small private colleges and found marked similarities across the board. College students faced high wait times (sometimes weeks) to get into the door for services – not including wait times to see psychiatrists and counselors or acquiring prescription medications. These issues leave many students without the necessary support networks and resources to develop appropriate coping and resilience skills.