Mark Anthony Howard | Opinions Editor
How important is the mental capacity of a college student?
Mental illness is prioritized concern here on RCC campus.
Dr. Dan Casella is a psychiatric counselor here on campus.
On my last visit to his office he and I discussed my own mental health concerns and the different things that may be affecting it.
I was able to speak openly and Dr. Casella listened attentively.
From his discernment we later discussed the necessity of my own medicated therapy for depression. I felt scared and isolated but he quickly affirmed me in the praise of my initiative to speak with him of my issues.
He also comforted me with the insight of how many students have equal and worse conditions and never address them.
That consideration was astounding to me and it opened my mind outside of my own inward grief. There are so many students on campus dealing with so many serious life pressures.
Whether traumatic events, traumatic suspense or dramatic expenses, each student’s mental capacity may be under a lot of different weight. All of which may directly affect your ability to learn effectively.
You can’t learn when you can’t concentrate. And you definitely cannot concentrate when you are mentally ill.
If you have any concerns of anxiety, stress, or your mental health please feel free to visit the health office and make an appointment with a concerned
doctor or nurse.
The health staff is well qualified and willing to help students in need. Cynthia Fazio, RN says,”students should know that someone (staff) is here everyday, (students) can come on over anytime, we’re here when you need us.”
The It’s Up to Us is a campus campaign designed to empower individuals in Riverside County to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help.
I would urge students to do so as well. Resources are available and each student should be aware to take advantage when they need it.