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Gregg Payne Brings Mental Health Training to SJU

Gregg Payne Brings Mental Health Training to SJU

Sami Wanderer, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under News

Mental Health First Aid trainer Gregg Payne donned a vibrant neck scarf, called on the estimated 75 people in Marillac’s auditorium to introduce themselves with a royal name, like prince or duchess. “I’m king Gregg,” he said. The activity was the start of an eight hour Mental Health First...

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Within recent years, the conversation regarding mental health has only increased in volume. Individuals of all ages are actively becoming more aware of the importance of the subject. In fact, the New York State and Virginia Department of Education have set a precedent for all of the other schools in...

Introducing Nyla Smith

Introducing Nyla Smith

Morgan Mullings, Opinion Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Features

Being away from home for college puts a lot of pressure on students. Nyla Smith, 22, came to St. John’s prepared for that pressure, on top of the challenges that her mental and physical disabilities sometimes present. But she didn’t let that stop her from succeeding. She graduated in 2016 — ...

Eating Disorders Aren’t Exclusive to Skinny Girls

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Let’s get real about the discussion of eating disorders and the stigma against who can and can’t develop one. People who are obese and overweight CAN get eating disorders. The reason I know that is because I, an overweight and obese person, have suffered from an eating disorder since I was 12. Th...

Health Matters: Tackling the stigma around mental health

Gabrielle Ciminera, Contributing Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Features

When mental health comes up in conversation, the usual reaction is to lighten the mood with a joke or dance around the topic until the moment passes. This polite detachment when talking about mental health only furthers the stigma surrounding it and sends the message that it’s not okay to talk abou...

The Counseling Center Takes on New Triage System

The Counseling Center Takes on New Triage System

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News & Features Editor

January 24, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, News

The University’s Center for Counseling and Consultation has implemented a new screening system this semester aimed at getting students appointments in a more timely fashion—especially those in need of immediate care. Tow Yau, the center’s director since July, said the new screening program cam...

“To Write Love On Her Arms”

“To Write Love On Her Arms”

Bre'Anna Grant, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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More than 600 students filled the Marillac Auditorium to hear Jamie Tworkowski talk about his foundation “To Write Love On Her Arms” last week. The event,  sponsored by The Division of Student Affairs, Student Government, Inc. and Student Veterans Association as part of  Veterans Week events at th...

Students Discuss Mental Health at Roundtable

Students Discuss Mental Health at Roundtable

Yves Nguyen, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2017


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A student roundtable discussed the state of mental health care on campus at an event Thursday, Sept. 28 that was advertised as being hosted by Social Justice Exchange (SJE) with the NAACP, the Student Psychological Association and Active Minds. LJ Vogel, president of Social Justice Exchange, highlighted that...

SJUOK? launches for suicide prevention

SJUOK? launches for suicide prevention

Bryant Rodriguez, Opinion Editor

October 5, 2016


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The Office of Student Wellness will host its 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Walk on the Great Lawn on Oct. 6 during common hour. The walk coincides with the launch of SJUOK?, a new campaign that aims to destigmatize mental illness and prevent suicide. Student Wellness has partnered with the American...

Being aware of the realities of suicide

Livia Paula, Features Editor Emeritus

April 27, 2016


Filed under Features

The first day of March started off just like any other day. What I thought was the perfect, calm opportunity to take a nap and catch up on some writing suddenly became a vivid nightmare. The cops were aggressively knocking on my next-door neighbor’s apartment. At first, I thought it was something...

L.E.A.D. promotes a healthy lifestyle with “Women and Wellness”

L.E.A.D. promotes a healthy lifestyle with “Women and Wellness”

Karina Castillo, Contributing Writer

November 4, 2015


Filed under News

St. John’s L.E.A.D. student leadership program hosted its biannual Women and Wellness workshop in the D’Angelo Center on Nov. 2. In attendance were 36 young women ready to learn the proper ways to take care of themselves and lead well-balanced lives. Christine Vuolo, a psychology graduate student at St. John...

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