Half of Us – Emotional Health 101


College can be overwhelming between classes,
projects, deadlines, clubs, sports, internships, jobs and everything else there’s often too
much to juggle. What’s worse, there’s a perception that
as a college student you’re supposed to be able to balance all of these things on
your own. [On phone: We spent a lot to get you there
and I know you won’t let us down. Love you. Bye.] We’re here to tell you that’s not true
and if you’re feeling overwhelmed you’re not alone. I was really nervous about entering college. Wow, this is my next chapter of my life. I felt so, like, lonely, and isolated and
empty. Whether you need help handling every day stresses,
or something bigger like depression or an eating disorder, there are ways to feel better. MTVU and the Jed Foundation teamed up to create
the Half of Us campaign where you can get valuable info and hear the real stories of
students and celebrities dealing with emotional issues. It felt like nothing I did mattered. I was being abused, you know. I was abusing myself. I hated myself. I just always felt like I didn’t fit. Some people think that just, you’re just
sad, you know. Suck it up, you’re just sad. Well, it’s being sad, yes, but it’s a
consistent sad and it’s not finding joy in things that you should. Everybody has ups and downs in their mood. If it’s lasting for more than two weeks
usually we’re more concerned about it having – sort of reaching the level of a clinical
concern. Feeling this overwhelmed is more common than
you may think. Research shows up to half of all students
said they’d been so stressed they couldn’t get their work done or enjoy social activities. I would fight back tears all day in class
then as soon as I got back here I just let it all out. And when I was done a couple minutes later
I wouldn’t even remember what made me cry. I was in college. I was twenty years old. Lived on my own. Had my own job; worked full time at Walmart
overnight. I was trying to juggle all these things at
once and I liked the independence and I liked proving to myself and to the world that I
could handle it, but I couldn’t handle it. Likewise, it’s important to keep an eye
on your friends. What you’re looking out for in a friend
is a sizable shift in the person’s mood and state of mind. When they’re talking mostly about things
that are negative, pessimistic, especially things directed at the, the person’s self,
those are signs that you could be looking out for in a friend. I’m stopping by all right? Often the person will say, “No, go away. I don’t wanna hang out. I don’t wanna do anything.” That is the illness itself. Listen, you’ve been saying that for a while. Let me help this time. The one thing I do wanna say to anybody if
they have a friend who they think is depressed, you know, you already know what to do. Relax. Be their friend. Don’t be afraid to talk to ‘em. That’s your friend. What if they weren’t here tomorrow? Do you even wanna, do you even wanna entertain
that idea? Hopefully not. Taking control of your emotional health is
important for your well-being. We all get stressed out, so how can we stay
on top of our game? Making sure you’re getting enough sleep,
eating regular meals, healthy meals and exercise has been shown to be a buffer against depression. If that isn’t enough, or you’re finding
those things difficult to do or you don’t have those things available, seeking help
from a professional, and many resources that are probably available on your campus, is
definitely a good option. My best piece of advice more than anything
is that there are people who feel that exact same thing and have made it through that. And I would say more than anything you’re
not alone in it. Remember, it’s important to take care of
your emotional health every day, support your friends, and if you or someone you know is
having a rough time dealing: reach out for help. Head to half of us dot com to learn more and
to find resources on your campus right now.

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