Story by John Emeigh, MTN News
BUTTE – College can be a stressful time for students, which can make them susceptible to depression. Montana Tech held an event this week to show students ways they can cope.
“They’re learning about what they need to do to recognize signs and symptoms of people who are depressed or suicidal. They’re learning about self-coping techniques, they’re giving resource information about where to go to for help,” said Montana Tech counselor Cricket Pietsch.
During the Fresh Check Day event, students in the nursing and health departments gave information to fellow students about campus resources and just removing the stigma about mental health issues.
“A student has a problem, you know, they’re going to think they’re alone and they’re going to keep to themselves, so basically we’re really just trying to stress to share those feelings and just know that they’re not alone,” said nursing student Levi Lynde.
Informational booths about the dangers of excessive drinking and drug use were available.
“If you’re suffering from depression or mental health issues, never choose a substance. Substances are never going to provide a healthy outcome,” said Linda Lowney of Butte Cares.
And while universities are stressful environments, the state of Montana ranks among the highest in the country for suicide and that is an issue that health officials say must be addressed.
“We want people to know that there are resources out there and this is something that we can take care of in our community,” Pietsch said.
Learning at an early age how to cope.