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Meet Dalhousie University's Campus Rep: Caitlin Grogan

Posted by Alexandra Van Rijn on

Name: Caitlin Grogan

School: Dalhousie University

Year: 3rd

Major: Sociology and Anthropology 

Fav thing about your campus: How beautiful it is! 

Dream Job: Work for the UN’s international human rights sector!


What is your connection to mental illness? 

I have struggled with my mental health all my life. This struggle became particularly bad in high school, and it nearly stopped me from graduating. After years of self harm I eventually attempted suicide multiple times and spent 6 weeks in an inpatient facility for my mental illnesses and eating disorder.  After 8 years I now have a proper treatment plan and am getting the help I need. It took a very long time to figure myself out - so if you're struggling, be patient. Healing takes time. 

How do you deal with stress from school? 

I like to talk it out and write it out. Whenever I feel overwhelmed with things I need to do I like to write out a list of everything that has to be done. Usually, that list is a lot smaller on paper than it looks in my head. 

What does your campus do to help students' mental health? 

Dalhousie actually has a lot of mental health services! We have everything from professional counselling services, peer counselling, to emergency crisis services. We are quite lucky at Dal because there are a lot of services available - the only issue is knowing that they exist. 

Do you have any school year self care tips to share with other students? 

Take a step back. It can be so overwhelming being a student, sometimes you need to take a step back and breathe. Go for a walk, get in a hot shower or blast some tunes and think about something else. Get your mind off school work - you deserve a break once and a while. 

3 comments


  • I’ve known this young lady since she was a wee lass. She has become such an inspiration. My father suffered from mental illness, we need more people like Caitlin in the world.

    Tracey Velting on

  • Proud of you! Dal is lucky to get you :)

    B.Walsh on

  • I love this beautiful strong giving caring young lady. God bless you and thank you for what you do for others.

    Paula on

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