A seat at the table: How student-led mental health reform has begun to materialize through Columbia’s JED partnership, five years later
After a tragedy in which a person takes their own life, almost like clockwork, a chorus of “check on your friends” usually appears on my social media timelines. This often leaves me to wonder: What does that even mean?...
As my first year at Columbia wrapped up, I saw a bunch of Facebook posts from my classmates talking about what a great time they’d had. I was reeling from a terrible year with the worst depression I’d ever experienced, and while I didn’t begrudge other people their happiness, I did feel like I was completely alone in my feelings....
Content warning: This piece addresses issues of mental illness and suicide.
Teaching assistants and other students with instructional and “supervisory” roles will receive mandatory training this month—and in future years—on handling issues of mental health, sexual assault, and discrimination that arise in the classroom, Provost John Coatsworth announced Wednesday....
Training sessions for suicide prevention were not provided to incoming first-years during the New Student Orientation Program last week despite broad, ongoing efforts by administrators to expand mental health programming on campus....
Content warning: This piece deals with issues of mental health and suicide.
Last semester, for the first time in my life, I became acquainted with the smell of death.
Every year I’ve been at Columbia, there have been student deaths—far too many of which have been suicides. They confuse us, they anger us, they sadden us. Often we might try to forget them, so we’re not too affected and can continue with our own lives....