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Finding Community Reduces Stress, Improves Mental Health

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

One endemic problem I see constantly in college students — a problem I’m guilty of feeding into myself — is the pressure to push yourself everyday, treating each semester like a marathon that you have to run on your own. Some lock themselves in their rooms, spending hours on endless problem sets while others find themselves buried in Mudd’s eerily silent corners, reading stacks of assigned articles and books. This experience has been all too familiar to me throughout my time at Oberlin and, as I kick off my senior year with a capstone and honors project to tackle this semester, I’ve been isolating myself more than I would like. In getting wrapped up in my research and personal stress, I sometimes forg...

Administration Neglects Mental Health Needs

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer

February 17, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Psychiatric and counseling services on college campuses typically receive inadequate attention compared to other areas of health care, and Oberlin is no exception. While past disparities can be attributed to the invisibility of mental conditions and suppressive social influence, ignorance is not a viable excuse. It’s time for the institution to stop putting mental health on the backburner. In a Feb. 6 article published by STAT News, Megan Thielking reported a lack of mental health resources on campuses nationwide. From small colleges to major universities, “Students often have to wait weeks just for an initial intake exam to review their symptoms,” Thielking wrote. “The wait to see a psychiatrist who can pre...

Mental Health Initiatives Reveal Where Student Opinion Heard Loudest

Editorial Board

September 4, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Laundry prices and ObieID password changes notwithstanding, few things at Oberlin are as widely maligned as the College’s mental health resource infrastructure. While Student Health Services as a whole receives a significant amount of criticism from students year after year and while the College makes regular efforts to respond in due course, the way Oberlin handles mental health issues seems to consistently receive low marks. These resources are understandingly in high demand, since any environment in which academic pressure and personal stresses collide necessitates an effective outlet for seeking help. In line with the issue’s persistence, Dean of Students Eric Estes’ Aug. 25 email to students — which foc...

Student Health Center to Double Number of Psychiatrists

Louis Krauss, Staff Writer

April 10, 2015

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Next year, the student health fee will rise from $200 to $230 in order to hire more psychiatrists in the Student Health Center. The health fee, which was introduced in the 2013–2014 year, pays for the counselors and psychiatrists at the Health Center, who visit a couple of times a week to give free appointments to students. According to Dean Eric Estes, who discussed the fee hike with Student Senate about a month ago, the additional $30 will increase the number of psychiatrists from two to four or five next year and increase the number of available student appointments by 50 percent. Student Senator, Chair of the Student Health Working Group and double-degree sophomore Jeremy Poe believes this cost change will...

Working Group Prioritizes Mental Health

Working Group Prioritizes Mental Health

February 27, 2015

Members of Student Senate’s Student Health Working Group are pushing for a variety of initiatives this semester to improve the accessibility, visibility and quality of student mental health services, which many feel are not serving their needs. College junior Avalon McKee, co-chair of the Oberlin Mental Health Alliance and member of the Student Health Working Group, said she hopes these initiatives will address both short-term and long-term concerns. “In a lot of our initiatives, we have...

Awareness Vital in Eating Disorder Treatment

Rose Stoloff, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of eating disorders. Over the summer I found myself sitting in my bed at three in the morning writing an email to my mother, confessing to her that I had been living with an eating disorder for the last three years. That night, while trying in vain to fall asleep, something clicked in my brain. I was done hiding my disease, done suffering alone and ready for help. Her response the next morning: “I already knew; I love you.” My eating disorder crept up on me during the summer before my sophomore year at Oberlin. It snaked its way into my life so maliciously and silently that I never even recognized it for what it was. I wasn’t planning on losing weight; I neve...

College Must Accommodate Health Emergencies

Goo Mattison, College sophomore

February 13, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editors’ Note: College sophomore Goo Mattison posted the following letter on Facebook on Jan. 25 and has given permission for it to be printed in its entirety. The recent dissatisfaction with Oberlin College’s health services has been a major issue on campus this year, with the Oberlin Mental Health Alliance communicating with the administration and the Counseling Center to improve access to resources for those with disabilities. To the Editors: I was debating whether or not I should publish this, as it's fairly personal, but the importance of communicating the extent to which Oberlin does not care about the health of its students won out. Before the week of finals began, I was doubting whether I could ...

Misconceptions Delegitimize Seasonal Depression

CJ Blair, Columnist

October 10, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week not only ushers in a slew of students stressing over midterms but also signals that Oberlin is about to begin its annual descent into the unending bleakness of winter. Especially at a college with such a geographically diverse student body, the emotional shock of this cold can be unforgiving to those unaccustomed to it. While many may feel affected by the change in weather, most of them will grow used to it after a while. Some of them, however, will not. These students suffer from seasonal affective disorder, also known as seasonal depression, a very real condition that most people don’t realize or believe exists. Attitudes toward seasonal depression — and depression in general — often reflect indifference...

In Discussing Navy Yard Shooting, Disrespecting Disabled Persons Not An Option

Alice Fine

September 27, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I was outraged and frustrated by the editorial printed in last week’s Review, “Washington Navy Yard Massacre Was Avoidable,” (The Oberlin Review, Sept. 20, 2013.) One of the article’s major points was that one of the best ways to stop gun violence would be to prevent “crazy” people from “getting [their] hands on a gun.” This is a tired premise that comes up pretty much every single time we as a nation discuss gun control; not only is it lazy, but it is counterproductive, beyond insulting and inaccurate. Before I discuss the issues I had with the article, I do want to make a small note. The alleged mental disability of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, is not relevant to this ...

Gun Violence Solution Requires Leadership

Sam White, Columnist

September 20, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

We need to rewrite our gun laws, and we need to do it now. Yes, here it is: another angry opinion piece from another self-righteous college kid following another mass shooting, amid yet another wave of the same type of reactions to which we have become so accustomed. There will be the Democrats, calling for “common-sense gun control” and “improved background checks” and “laws that keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals.” There will be the Republicans, warning against knee-jerk reactions and in- fringement of Second-Amendment rights, insisting: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” And so it continues. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Oak Creek. Newtown. The...

Sunny with a Chance of Cynicism: Counseling Center’s Shortcomings Must Be Addressed

Libby Salemi

September 20, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

A few years ago, let’s say about halfway through my first year, I started feeling like there was something weird going on with my brain. I’d be sitting in the middle of class and everything would suddenly look unfamiliar and terrifying, and my chest would start hurting, and I’d just generally feel like I was either going crazy or straight-up dying. At first these symptoms occurred very infrequently and didn’t cause me too much worry. But then they got worse, and being the (somewhat) proactive person that I am, I decided to go somewhere for help. The help I sought took me to the College’s Counseling Center, which seemed to me like the best possible route. I made an appointment, met with a counselor and described...

Authenticity Through Identity a Misguided Concept

Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura

April 5, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Uncategorized

College senior AD Hogan’s recent apology letter to the Review deeply upsets me. I understand the motivation behind the interruption of Krislov’s interview with CNN, though not through any productive communication offered by AD or the other students involved. I understand because I have felt misled before by persons claiming transparency and cooperation, though I believe Krislov and the rest of the Oberlin administration have worked extremely hard to do what is right by everyone and that the sabotage of that interview was unwarranted. What makes my opinion supposedly different from hundreds of other students with similar feelings is my identity. I am lucky enough to be half-Japanese which, according to the stan...

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