By Molly McCracken
Have you ever suﬀered from depression? Have you ever had an eating disorder? Have you ever been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder?
We want to hear about it.
Psych Central, an online network for mental health information and advocacy, reports some alarming statistics: Approximately 19 percent of young people contemplate or attempt suicide each year; suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students ages 20-24; over two-thirds of young people do not talk about or seek help for mental health problems; 44 percent of American college students have reported feeling symptoms of depression.
At Beloit College, we want to do something about it. We want to give you a chance to share your stories about depression, mental illness, self-harm, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. The stigma that many of us face is overwhelming. Many of us hide our experiences, but here at Beloit, we want to give you a chance to share your story.
Next spring, we will put on a series of monologues entitled “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” inspired by a similar event of the same name at Stanford University. The monologues will be stories from Beloit College students about their experiences with mental health.
But here’s the deal, we need you to submit your stories, to get your voice heard, your story out there. You do not have to include your name if you submit your story, and you do not have to perform your own monologue, or even perform at all. You can send your submissions to box 826 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re here to listen. We want to hear your story.