Tag Archives: depression

Until We Get It Right: A Senior Thesis Staged Reading

Natalie Sacks ’14 is sharing with you the hard work and rich rewards of a playwriting thesis.

Until We Get It Right tells a story of depression that spans generations. Three individuals suffer through love and medication, making connections that matter and simply getting through the day. We weave in and out of the three time periods, with each cast being played by the same four actors, and imagine how we might connect to these people and their illness as well. Written and presented in partial fulfillment of her Honors Thesis in Theater, Natalie Sacks ’14 wrote this play to consider how the extremely personal, internal experience of depression can be shared with an audience.

Come support me and the newly created playwriting thesis at Wesleyan!The performance is in the new CFA Theater Studio, which is the olddance studio (TST001) in the main Theater Department building.

When: Friday, April 25 & Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8pm
Where: Theater Studio (TST001)
Cost: Free! And no tickets required
The: Facebook Link

Veritas Forum: Making Sense of Mental Health


Jamie Jung ’16 writes in about an exploration of the physical and spiritual approaches to depression and addiction:

Undoubtedly the issue of depression is a rampaging topic not only in schools, but in one’s personal mind. But what triggers it? How does one deal with it? Bring your own questions (and most importantly, yourself!) to the 3rd annual Veritas Forum at Wesleyan University.

Dr. Dan Blazer – Vice Chair of Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

Dr. Nii Addy – Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Yale University

Moderated by Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea – Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Wesleyan University

Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Exley 150
Cost: Free

Student-Run Grief Support Group Weekly Meeting

An anonymous student sends in this tip about Wes’s grief support group, which is having its first meeting this Wednesday (and all subsequent Wednesdays) at 7:30:

Have you lost someone that you loved/knew well/sort of knew? Do you wish that you were able to talk about it sometimes and not have people react really uncomfortably? Want the option to talk and listen in a really supportive place?

Consider coming to the student-run Grief Group, a group of people who get together one evening a week to shoot the breeze in an environment that makes it totally comfortable and non-awkward to bring up issues of death and grieving. You don’t need to be actively mourning someone to belong at Grief Group. You don’t have to feel sad to come talk and hang out. You also are never required to keep coming. Stop by whenever you need or want to.

We meet Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm in the Solarium room in the Health Center. Go in the back door (facing Malcolm X house) and follow the signs up the stairs, around the corner, and into the former WesWell area. The Solarium will be at the end of the hall when you turn left.

A Conversation About Depression and Suicide in College Students


Please Join Coach Drew Black and Professor Octavio Flores for a discussion about depression and suicide. This is an opportunity to learn how to tell if someone you know is struggling and how to let a friend know you care.

Date: Tomorrow, Tuesday September 13th

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Downey House Lounge (Corner of Court and High St)

Sponsored by CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), Religious and Spiritual Life and Active Minds at Wesleyan

Dessert will be provided!

College Frosh: Who are They? [Depressed]

White, middle-of-the-road, Catholic/atheist kids whose parents went to college and who want masters degrees in business/health.  They want better jobs and want to live a green, gay friendly, light on guns, heavy on taxes, health care providing, affirmative action-less world.  Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but those are some of the things that pop out in a study of this year’s freshmen by UCLA.  View a chart profiling the nationwide class of 2014 here.

The study also found record-low levels of emotional health though.

“The percentage of students reporting good or above-average emotional health dropped from 55.3 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010, according to “The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2010” survey. That marks the lowest point since 1985, when the survey first asked the question.”

“College tuition is higher, so they feel the pressure to give their parents their money’s worth in terms of their academic performance,” she says. “There’s also a notion, and I think it’s probably true, that the better their grades are, the better chance they have at finding a job.”

Women were especially hard hit in their emotional health levels.  Remember folks, OBHS is always there for you (except maybe snow days?).  But, in their attempts to further the depression, commenters on the NYT Facebook page were not so understanding:

  • “Welcome to the real world. Suck it up.”
  • “Wah Wah Wah………… O little babies have some stress?”
  • “It’s not as easy as it looks on “Gossip Girl”, huh? Put down the Four Loko and suck it up.”


Emotional Support Animals

A recent alum (2009) would like students who are “psychiatric-ly disabled” to be aware of Emotional Support Animals:

An Emotional Support Animal is a therapeutic resource that is available to anyone who can be considered psychiatric-ly “disabled”, which is a legal distinction but seems to be primarily a matter of showing significant need of a doctor’s care. They circumvent no-pets restrictions in dorms and other such types of housing. I’m writing you because four years ago, I was at Wesleyan, desperately depressed, taking medication, meeting weekly with my therapist, and struggling through my classes. I desperately needed this, and I believe I would have qualified for it — I even suggested something like it once to my therapist — but she either didn’t know or didn’t see fit to tell me, so I didn’t find out and had to suffer unnecessarily for my remaining years at Wes. I want everyone to know about Emotional Support Animals so nobody who needs one ever has to go without.

If you would like to learn more about Emotional Support Animals, click here or here.