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Patrick McMillion
From Buddha to Thoreau to Krakauer, histories from all corners of the world have told stories of men and women who have found emotional catharsis from experiences with nature. It seems that, even with the advent of cell phones, iPods and PDAs, evolution has not caught up. Humans are still hardwired to crave nature, exercise...
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As final exams week approaches, students often find their stress levels rising. To help students relax as they complete end-of-semester projects and prepare for final exams, NIU Health Enhancement will open four “stress-free zones” from Monday, Dec. 3, through Thursday. Dec. 6. Daytime hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Diversions Lounge...
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NIU’s Say It Out Loud mental health awareness campaign has announced a second section of mental health first aid training for the NIU campus and DeKalb community. Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 8. A location will be announced at a later date. The course is...
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With the upcoming publishing of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the book which guides mental health professionals in diagnosing mental illness, the universal emotional process known as grief has been put in the spotlight. Controversy abounds on whether this experience is grounds for mental health diagnosis, or...
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Do you feel tired, irritable or unable to concentrate? These might be signs of depression, a serious and disabling medical condition with symptoms characterized by mood, physical and cognitive changes. More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression and anxiety, regardless of age, race or gender. Less than half of those suffering from depression seek...
Joel Filmore
After a week of free events designed to inspire the NIU community to SAY IT OUT LOUD, the campaign team is inviting all community members to a night where they can do just that. As the final event of the week, a Mental Health Open Mic Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 21,...
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If a person has a sharp pain in their side, a pain that is interfering with their ability to function, how long does it take them to seek medical assistance? A few hours? A day? A week, maybe? For most, the choice to go to a doctor or a hospital would be a logical choice,...
Mary Todd Lincoln
In 1875, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only surviving son of Abraham Lincoln, petitioned to have his mother institutionalized for insanity. Mary Lincoln had no knowledge of her son’s intentions until Chicago police officers showed up outside of her hotel to escort her to the courthouse. For three hours, 17 witnesses testified to Mary Lincoln’s erratic behavior...
Following through on promises made in the spring, the NIU Say It Out Loud campaign has announced fall programming that will promote mental health literacy in the NIU community and create safe space for dialogues about mental health issues. Among the offerings are a prepared Power Point presentation that can be used to facilitate discussions...
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NIU counseling faculty Charlie E. Myers and Toni R. Tollerud, along with department chair Barbara Johnson, have launched the NIU Say It Out Loud Mental Health website. Funded by a “Say It Out Loud” grant from the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, the website is meant to provide reliable information to NIU and the surrounding...
Charlotte Fox, Kaitlin Henderson and Amy Powell rehearse a scene from “Mrs. Packard.”
Elizabeth Packard’s name might be obscure to students of local history, but her fight for women’s rights and the rights of the mentally ill in the mid-1800s led to significant changes in Illinois state law. Beginning Thursday, March 29, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will stage the story of “Mrs. Packard,” by playwright...
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NIU’s Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education is a recipient of a coveted 2012 “Say it Out Loud” Mental Health Grant. Awarded to 10 communities each year by the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, the grant is a multi-year statewide campaign: Current research indicates that the best way to reduce the discrimination associated with...
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