Shedding Light on Students’ Mental Health

"It's mental breakdowns week, isn't it?"

There are always parts of the academic year where students are lost in a sea of exams and stress. They do nothing but take an exam, study for an exam, stress because of an exam; it’s a never ending cycle. And everyone who meets them only asks about the exams, then collage, and then when walking away, they will think of their looks. We walk around in campus and no one really cares about anything except just that. All parents ask about are grades and if you have started studying . But when someone actually asks about how a student is doing, his or her answer will vary but is limited to: “Too many mental breakdowns!” / “I want to cry.” / “I’m too stressed and tired.” / “I want to die.” While most people laugh it off, we, the Insider team, decided not to. We believe that it’s time for a light to be shed on the mental health of students, before they start losing their minds. But first of all, what are mental breakdowns? And why do all students seem to have them 24/7?

Nervous or mental breakdowns are terms that describe emotional or physical stress that temporarily makes someone unable to function in day-to-day life. It includes feelings of frustration, anxiety, stress, and even depression. Sometimes it’s a combination of all those feelings, therefore you’re overwhelmed and you can no longer control or hide them. While mental breakdowns are not a specific mental health diagnosis, it still is as serious and real. It should not be taken light-heartedly or seen as an overreaction, therefore people who experiences it needs support more than ever.

Hoping we will get the best out of it, we have decided to start a small project: look for students who are willing to open their hearts to us, and ask them about their mental health. For example, what triggers their mental breakdowns, what keeps them going, if they have dreams or goals, and if they think they are giving their all.  The simple goals for this entire project is to help students figure a way out of the darkness that engulfs them when their stress levels are at their highest. To let everyone know that they are not alone, that there are other people struggling for similar reasons, and they know how you feel; they understand. Lastly, and most importantly, to find a way to motivate them throughout the year.

So for the past week, we’ve roamed the campus, looked for students willing to share their thoughts and dreams with us, and thankfully we’ve found exactly what we needed. However, that does not mean it’s too late to participate. If you are interested enough, here are the 10 questions:

  1. Name?
  2. Faculty?
  3. Why did you choose this major?
  4. Are you happy with your major?
  5. What causes you to break down?
  6. How do you get back up? What keeps you going? In other words, something that motivates you.
  7. Do you have a support system? If yes, who?
  8. Flash forward 5 years from now, where do you want to be?
  9. Do you doubt yourself?
  10. Do you think you’re not doing your best? If the answer is yes, why?

Make sure you stay tuned for our next article, where we will be discussing the answers, and giving you the support and motivation that you need.