DeKALB – There’s a rush these days to label people, especially young people, as “snowflakes.”
Oh, someone feels sad? Boo hoo, we’re all sad sometimes.
As far as we’ve come in addressing mental health issues, this kind of mindset still can persist. Northern Illinois University is looking to further advance the cause of tearing down the stigma.
With the opening of the Northwestern Medicine Performance Center, NIU athletic director Sean Frazier said at the school’s media day Tuesday that the school is focusing on mental health.
“The days of, ‘Just suck it up, I hope it works out, and get back to me when we can talk further,’ – no,” Frazier said. “It’s about a conscious and proactive approach about dealing with these issues.”
It’s important that people learn to cope with these feelings – whether they stem from clinical conditions such as anxiety or depression, or more temporary issues, such as life stress.
People, particularly young people who may be away from their family support network for the first time in their lives, must be able to talk with someone who can point them in the right direction to get whatever help they need.