A-State works to improve mental health

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – October is National Depression Awareness Month, and Arkansas State University hopes to help students and the community improve their mental health.

The university’s counseling center has scheduled online events this week to teach those with depression how to cope and encourage those struggling with issues like stress and anxiety to get tested. so that those who are in pain can begin treatment.

“It can present itself in different ways,” said Pat Glascock, acting director of the A-State counseling center. “And people may not even know that in reality what they are going through is a change from stress that would actually meet the criteria for depression.”

Glascock said she has worked with more students over the past two years to fight depression and mental health.

“Even a rock under regular drainage will form a rut or indentation,” Glascock said. “The same goes for us emotionally when we are under chronic stress.

She said that it’s easy for people to go from stress to depression.

Glascock said the best first step in battling depression is to talk to your doctor, or even a spiritual leader like the pastor of your home church.

More information can be found on the Arkansas State University Counseling Center website.

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