Content Warning: This op-ed mentions thoughts of suicide.
I realize that this is a hot take, but throughout college, I’ve felt pretty satisfied with the health services—physical, sexual, and mental—that I’ve received at Barnard. Don’t get me wrong; like many of my peers, I’ve also felt how the stressful environment produced by our competitive student body, as well as our administration, can take a toll on my physical and mental states. However, I’ve personally found that my time at Barnard has been one of the few times in my life that I’ve even had the opportunity to access proper health care treatment....
Since August, over 300 students have been trained to administer the life-saving drug naloxone to counter the effects of opioid overdose as part of an initiative led by Columbia Health, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the School of General Studies. The team seeks to assess the confidence in participants to carry and administer naloxone, and consider opportunities and barriers for program nationwide expansion to other college campuses....
Students report overall positive relationships with peers and professors but need to get more adequate sleep, survey finds
That students have an overall positive relationship with their peers and professors, need to get more adequate sleep, and face financial burdens in paying for basic necessities are among the many findings from the Report on the 2018 Columbia Student Well-Being Survey released Thursday afternoon....
Every year, children in New York City are born addicted to heroin. It’s easy to tell them apart from other newborns: They often never stop crying. They’re not calling out for their mothers, but for opioids. This local tragedy parallels the greater national opioid crisis that claimed over 45,000 lives—more than breast cancer—in 2017 alone. Columbia is responding to this tragedy by mobilizing researchers and clinicians to investigate effective treatments and implement therapies for those who are addicted. This enormous institutional effort is valiant, but to me, a farce. Because while physicians delve deep into their communities to reach those in need, Columbia seems to proudly stand by its own complicity in the crisis....
I had never been inside of a therapist’s office before, but it was how I’d imagined it to be. Soft lighting enveloped the room, setting a carefully designed warm and tranquil atmosphere. I sank into a surprisingly comfortable chair as my drop-in therapist welcomed me. She was kind and we made some nice small talk, but she still had to address the elephant in the room: “What brings you here today?”...
Local Ivy League university’s mental health crisis is definitely not linked to its sad underground gym.
I was both deeply touched and confused when one of my best friends pulled me aside after rowing practice to ask if I was alright.
Content Warning: This op-ed deals with issues of sexual violence.
I take great pride in the fact that I recently graduated from Columbia University’s graduate program in pathology and cell biology. During my studies, I had the opportunity to conduct research in stem cell biology that could one day benefit the field of medicine at large and potentially help save lives. I was even able to participate in a clinical rotation where I could observe first-hand the world-class care that patients were receiving at Columbia’s various medical centers. However, contrary to my overall positive experiences at Columbia, it was disheartening to learn that Columbia is in violation of the federal law that mandates fair and transparent reporting of results from clinical trials....