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Oversimplifying depression leads to harmful stigmas

According to Psychology Today, professional treatment helped depressed people feel better in nearly 80% of cases.
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Vaughn Battista

May 8, 2020

Due to the increased awareness of the rising mental health crisis, there have been many efforts aimed at alleviating the depression and stress prevalent in both high schoolers and adults. While these can be largely beneficial, some with no scientific background, such as life coaches and social media i...

Normalize mental health days

According to Merriam-Webster, a mental health day is defined as “a day that an employee takes off from work in order to relieve stress and renew vitality.” 
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Maggie Schneider

January 17, 2020

The stigmatization of mental health issues is a pressing issue in our modern-day society. Mental illness and mental health are commonly misrepresented in the media we consume everyday. We see debilitating mental illnesses being turned into the plots for mainstream television shows and movies. Some teenager...

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

According to a survey, 50% of teens with mental health conditions are treated.

Brigid McCarthy

January 17, 2020

New Jersey is one of only nine states that require mental health education by law. In August of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that “required public school health education to include mental health,” according to NBC. This bill will take effect during the 2020-2021 school yea...

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

A survey of 47 students from Aug. 18 to Sep. 4.

Rebecca Heath

September 13, 2019

On Oct. 26, 1984, 19-year-old John McCollum was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s album, “Blizzard of Oz.” With lyrics such as “Suicide is the only way out” and “Get the gun and try it,” his family alleged that one of the album...

Selected students attend Monmouth County Youth Wellness Summit

Students went through a variety of workshops held at Brookdale Community College.

Sarah McNey

May 22, 2018

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) hosted its annual Monmouth County Youth Wellness Summit at Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus on Tuesday, May 22. The event was sponsored by Brookdale and Manasquan Bank. Three seniors, two juniors and one sophomore attended this year...

Mental health coverage is a necessity

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama meet with mothers regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Acts.

Lauren Spiezia

May 16, 2017

Hundreds of insurance companies around the country have broken a law for nearly ten years. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires American insurance providers to create limitations on the amount of money offered for the coverage of mental health benefits. Despite the implementation,...

Orthorexia hidden in modern society

Graphic by Julie Alter

Kate Ridoux

September 16, 2016

Over the past several years, the line between diets and eating disorders has grown increasingly thin. So thin, in fact, that those who cross it may be unaware of the dangerous impact it can have on their physical and mental health. Worldwide, many people are taking "healthy" or "clean" eating to such...

Mental health education helps ease pressures

January 31, 2014

By HANNAH WALLACH Features Editor Last August, New Jersey Monthly named CHS the second best public high school in the state, and in a 2012 survey, 63 percent of students here said most of the pressure they feel comes from school. By those measures, CHS fosters a high-achieving, high stress environ...

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