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The NIU community is invited to hear a national speaker, Jordan Burnham, share his story of coping with depression when he visits campus on Sept. 21. The program is part of efforts by Helping Huskies Thrive, a suicide prevention and awareness effort on campus. His visit takes place at 7 p.m. in the Sandburg Auditorium...
Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) provides a sympathetic ear and a wealth of resources for free. Students can speak one-on-one with CCS’s counselors or participate in group therapy. To ensure that students receive the necessary support outside of the office, Consultation Services helps faculty, parents, and peers to better understand and assist their students and...
Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance and the Student Association will hand out green bracelets from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, in the bus turnaround at Holmes Student Center and at the café in DuSable Hall. The green bracelets are to bring awareness to mental illness and serve as a reminder that there...
NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips
In an effort to protect and serve the Huskie community, members of the NIU Police Department are taking part in a groundbreaking education program that will help them identify and respond to citizens who are experiencing mental health crises or showing signs of substance abuse. “It is important for all of our first responders to...
Colleen M. Boraca
Colleen Boraca, clinical assistant professor in the NIU College of Law, wrote an op-ed July 23 for the Chicago Sun-Times. “The human face of proposed budget cuts” comes in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts, one of which calls for a reduction of $12.7 million for homeless services. “A recent day was normal...
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WNIJ is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Media Award, given annually by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Northern Illinois. This annual award recognizes the contributions of a print or broadcast journalism organization whose work provides accurate information about mental illness and reflects a realistic, compassionate view of the difficulties faced...
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According to the American Psychological Association, people who identify as LGBT utilize mental health services more than their heterosexual counterparts. They also experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidality at disproportionate rates, and are more likely to be homeless, suffer abuse and experience feelings of loneliness. Forty-two percent of LGBT youth say their communities are...
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According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the number of United States residents older than 65 in 2009 numbered 39.6 million, representing about 1 in every 8 Americans. With ever-decreasing death rates, this population is expected to swell to 72.1 million people by 2030, representing almost 1 in 4 Americans. As a population in transition...
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Each academic year, millions of students are affected by depression, anxiety or a related mental health issue. Depression is a serious medical condition that is disabling and can be characterized by mood, physical and cognitive changes. These symptoms can prevent a person from functioning normally. And while 44 percent of college students report feeling depressed,...
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NIU will host mental health providers from the DeKalb community and Chicago suburbs Friday, Aug. 30, for a conference focused on the needs of the transgender population. The conference is a collaborative effort between the Counseling & Student Development Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center. Over the past few years, transgender identity...
Campus Life Building
NIU student “Bob” recently had broken up with his girlfriend, “Maggie,” after two years of dating. Feeling depressed and noticing his grades dropping since the break-up, Bob didn’t know what to do, who he could talk to or where to turn. He did remember, however, learning about the Counseling and Student Development Center during his...
Lisa Takara and Shiraz Tata
As scientists learn more and more about the intersection of mental health and physical health, the numbers become more and more alarming. Studies estimate that anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of encounters with the medical industry have some sort of mental health component. Yet many doctors, nurses and other health care workers admit their...
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