I covered Sheridan’s peer mentor program for the Sun and was surprised at the effort being put into raising awareness about mental and physical health issues. Many people, especially busy college students, neglect their physical health and mental health does not even show up on their radar screen. The peer mentors are offering all kinds of assistance to students who want to learn how to approach eating, sleeping, drinking and sex in a safe and healthy way.
Whether we realize it or not, our health is more important than perhaps anything else in our lives, and it is encouraging to see peer mentors emphasizing it on campus. Knowledge is power and the more knowledge you acquire the better chance you have of making informed lifestyle decisions.
According to some studies one in five people suffer from a mental health issue. Unfortunately, most people who suspect they have a problem in that regard are too embarrassed to admit it or talk about it and thus don’t seek the help they need. Sheridan’s peer mentors are trying to combat taboos surrounding mental health with a new campaign called “stick it to stigma.” It’s a step in the right direction if you ask me.