magine being one of the 57 million people living in the United States with a mental illness.
Put yourself in their shoes, imagine the struggle or inability to function at home, in professional settings and in personal relationships.
Imagine how it would make you feel to know that you do not know why you are this way or who you can trust with such a personal issue. Imagine the way you would be treated, and imagine the way you would want to be treated.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, created to recognize the threats of mental illness and show support for those who suffer from it.
The American Psychological Association will spotlight a range of issues, such as traumatic stress and suicide in youth in recognition of the month.
Professionals acknowledge mental illnesses may be due to heredity, excessive stress, substance abuse or a combination.
Those who suffer from mental illness often experience discrimination and stigma from others, rather than compassion and understanding.
If you personally have ever experienced this, or one of your loved ones has, you know how hard it is to deal with this issue alone.
With stress building up from finals and large projects, even students here at Linfield may be experiencing personal mental health problems. Even at Linfield, people get stressed and upset, and that is completely understandable.
There are resources to get help if you need it or to direct others to if they need it.
Linfield’s Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center exists to serve the needs of students in a holistic manner. The offices are located in Walker Hall Room 104. Remember, if you need help, just ask.
In addition, make sure to look out for one another. We are a small and close community here at Linfield, everyone should do their part and help keep everyone else happy and healthy!
If you see someone having a rough time, just ask them how they are doing. It may sound simple, but support can go a long way for a person who is feeling overwhelmed with life.
Just remember that mental illnesses exist at Linfield. In support of Mental Health Awareness Month and the oncoming chaos of finals, I encourage everyone to learn more about this important issue and really care for one another.
Just because we live in the Linfield bubble does not mean we are immune to these issues.
Alyssa Townsend/Opinion editor
Alyssa Townsend can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.