Jon Carlo Dominguez
A few weeks ago, I was sharing a bit about myself in the Schapiro Hall lounge with a few members of the Latinx community. We gathered with the intention of destigmatizing mental health conversations and also to promote the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey. Each student who spoke shed light on a different angle of the mental health problem at Columbia. Some students struggled to tell their parents about their history of depression, not wanting to disappoint them. Others had gone from rock bottom to straight A’s with the help of Counseling and Psychological Services, only to feel a deep sense of guilt that their loved ones back home did not have the same access to treatment. The conversation helped me realize that mental health issues at Columbia stem from a variety of different factors, and are not always just about stress....