Health

Behind The Mask: Mental Health, Recruitment, and Back-to-School Season

With recruitment, bid day, back to classes, and reuniting with your sisters, it is important not to avoid a very important issue. According to the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA—a nationwide survey of college students at 2- and 4-year institutions—found that about 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time in the past year.

It is very easy just to put on a mask and pretend that everything is okay. I know I am very guilty of doing so when it comes to meeting up with family, or going to a sorority event, or even just going outside. It is very easy just to put on your smile and pretend everything is okay without anyone truly knowing how you feel on the inside. We all have our different masks and our different reasons for wearing masks, but it is time as greek life that we all work together in order to change this issue. Here are some tips in order to save your brain and heart from beating each other help and kick depression in the butt.

  1. Drink a lot of water and green tea! Over 85% of your brain is water, keep your brain watered and energetic
  2. Invite your sisters and friends for Ice Cream runs at midnight.
  3. Go for a walk, run, or bike ride. Whatever you do just get outside!
  4. Remember that everything is just temporary, and things will get better.
  5. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP. Whether it is with a doctor, or a sister, or a family member. Help is always out there for you and do not be afraid to seek help, you are not alone in this.

Here are some numbers/points of contact:

  • 1 (800) 273-8255
  • http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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