Name: Caitlin Grogan
School: Dalhousie University
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.