Saint Mary’s student panel discusses mental health

first_imgA panel of Saint Mary’s students shared their experiences with mental illness Monday as part of the College’s Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SABLAB) week.Sophomore Alicia Twisselmann started off the panel talking about about her struggle with anxiety and depression. She said the combination of her anxiety and depression with attention deficit disorder (ADD) makes it difficult for her to stay motivated.Chris Collins | The Observer “I have such high goals and aspirations, and I’m a perfectionist,” she said.“Yet at the same time, I still can’t quite bring myself to do what I know I need to.” She said she has been affected by her mental illnesses for as long as she can remember, and was first put on medication in second grade. “I’m thankful that at this point it’s just sort of at the background, but it still definitely continues to have an impact,” she said.Twisselmann said small acts of kindness matter the most to her and will help encourage her to open up to others about how she’s feeling.  Chris Collins | The Observer Sophomore Meredith Mackowicz spoke about her experience living with generalized anxiety disorder and clinical depression. She said while she was able to self-diagnose her mental disorders, she finally opened up to a doctor two summers ago.“I feel like there’s such a stigma, especially on college campuses, about mental illnesses. And while it is a part of me, it’s not the biggest part of me and it’s not the most important part of me,” Mackowicz said. “There’s so many other things that I take pride in like music and theatre and art and there’s so many aspects to a person.”Mackowicz said once she was able to open up about her mental illness, she found other students on campus who had the same issues and background as her.“I think the best way to beat the stigma is to just not worry about it and to realize some people are going to have issues that you won’t understand and that they can’t explain to you,” she said. “I think we just have to be patient, we have to be open to people and realize that if you just do one small thing you can make a complete difference in someone else’s life.”Sophomore Ashley Coates opened up about her struggle with anxiety and clinical depression. She said she knew there was a problem when she would wake up anxious and unable to get out of bed.“Although it is 100 percent mental — as in it’s [your head] that’s making you feel that way — it does affect your body physically,” Coates said. “For example, if I become anxious, I can’t eat.” Coates said while there are difficult patches, she was able to get a better grasp on her mental illnesses with the help of the Saint Mary’s psychiatrist.“There’s an end,” she said. “There’s a point where it stops where you’re okay again, and you’ll be okay. I just want everyone to know that there is that point — whether you’re dealing with anxiety or dealing with depression or whatever you’re dealing with — there is a point where you will be okay again and that’s where I’m trying to be.”Junior Taylor Thomas shared her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Thomas said she is a perfectionist and had difficulty opening up about the side effects of her mental illnesses with others.“I did really well in school freshman year and then things started going downhill, especially my sophomore year,” she said. “I didn’t care about tests, I didn’t care about anything, I didn’t even want to get out of bed most days. It was really rough.”Thomas said Saint Mary’s staff and faculty have been supportive and helpful on her journey towards learning to cope with PTSD and depression.“It has been rough, it has not been easy at all,” Thomas said. “So if you’re going into therapy thinking one session is it — no. It’s going to be a long haul, and I’m still dealing with it today.”Junior Alyssa Richards spoke about her struggles with depression. She said her depression comes and goes, but is manageable now.“It got to the point where I felt like a zombie just watching myself go through my day-to-day tasks,” she said. “I lost interest in things that were really important to me.”Richards said she has been able to find peace and solace in nature. “I am a very strong-minded person, even though I do have depression, so I was determined to find out the things that make me happy,” she said. “I’m doing a lot better, and I’ve figured out how to deal with it on my own.”Mackowicz said seeking help is important even if someone is unsure if they have a diagnosable disorder.“Disorders manifest themselves in many different ways and in many different forms, and I think it’s important to know that because if you think you might have one aspect of a disorder that’s okay,” Mackowicz said. “It’s still good to get help, it’s still good to talk to somebody about that one aspect.”Tags: Mental health, SABLAB, support a belle love a bellelast_img read more

Horny Toad partners with The Clothes Exchange to benefit local non-profits

first_imgThe Clothes Exchange is pleased to announce that Horny Toad® Activewear, a national outdoor clothing company based in Santa Barbara, CA, has signed on as an apparel sponsor for 2011.Horny Toad makes outdoor inspired, sustainably oriented clothing for men and women. It is committed to lessening its environmental footprint, and to making informed social and environmental business decisions. As an avid community advocate and activist, joining forces with the Clothes Exchange is a natural fit for the company.‘Giving back and helping others is part of our DNA. We’re grateful for the efforts of the Clothes Exchange and proud to be part of such a well-organized and community-oriented event that touches so many lives in Burlington,’ said Gordon Seabury, CEO at Horny Toad.The Clothes Exchange changes lives by exchanging clothes. The mission-driven social enterprise is built upon the simple idea of swapping clothes to raise money for local nonprofits. Since the first article of clothing was sold in 2001, the Clothes Exchange has raised $210,000 for nine Chittenden County nonprofits. This year, the Clothes Exchange celebrates its tenth anniversary.While the Clothes Exchange collects gently used apparel from the closets of well-dressed women, it also relies on donations of new apparel from generous retailers, wholesalers, indy designers and national brands.‘Our retail and brand partners, like Horny Toad, play a critical role in our success and we are grateful to have their support,’ said Leslie Halperin, founder of the Clothes Exchange. ‘Through strategic partnerships with local retailers, designers and national apparel brands, we are fortunate to receive thousands of dollars worth of new merchandise to sell at our events.’The Clothes Exchange sells apparel items at its annual event in May and at smaller pop-up shops throughout the year. This year’s main event will take place on May 18-19 at the Sheraton in Burlington. Proceeds will go to 2011 beneficiary Spectrum Youth & Family Services.Horny Toad’s commitment to the Clothes Exchange will play a powerful role in the success of this year’s events and fundraising efforts.To learn more about the Clothes Exchange, visit: http://theclothesexchange.org(link is external). To become an apparel sponsor, visit: http://theclothesexchange.org/tce/apparel-sponsors/(link is external).About Horny Toad ActivewearBased in Santa Barbara a few hundred yards from the beach, Horny Toad is a clothing company that takes fun seriously, celebrates the adventure in every day life (both outdoors and in) and always aims to do the right thing. The Toad culture is oriented around community, sustainability, and the outdoors. To learn more visit www.hornytoad.com(link is external) or call 800.865.TOAD.About The Clothes ExchangeThe Clothes Exchange is a mission driven social enterprise dedicated to turning clothing into cash for community benefit. We collect gently used apparel from the closets of well-dressed women and new apparel from generous retailers, wholesalers, indy designers and national brands and sell them at bargain prices at fundraising events that feel more like shopping sprees! Each year the Clothes Exchange selects a new nonprofit to partner with who receives event proceeds. In 2007, The Clothes Exchange became a Vermont-based Limited Liability Corporation, owned and operated by Clothes Exchange Founder, Leslie Halperin.March 2011 ‘ Burlington, VT ‘ The Clothes Exchange###last_img read more

Andrea Pirlo joins 1xBet as brand ambassador

first_img Share Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Andrea Pirlo, one of the most revered players in recent football history, has joined 1xBet as a brand ambassador in a deal that will run for the whole of 2018.Pirlo, who will feature in 1xBet advertising campaigns and take part in marketing events, made this announcement on his Facebook page: “I’m glad to announce my ambassador partnership with 1xBET company. We have many good events ahead!”Meanwhile, a statement from the 1xBet press service read: “We have put a lot of thought into choosing our ambassador. As a constantly growing brand, we needed a unique personality for this role.“Andrea Pirlo ticks all the boxes. We have a lot in common; Pirlo has always respected his opponents, followed the principles of fair play and was generous with his assists. Similarly, at 1xBet we care about our customers and partners and we respect our competitors.“Andrea Pirlo is a legend and we are honoured to work with him. He will help engage our target audience all over the world. Joining forces with one of the world’s biggest football stars is only the first in a number of ambitious projects planned by 1xBet for 2018.”Before retiring at the end of the 2017 MLS season, Pirlo enjoyed a decorated career in football, winning six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia’s, two Champions League’s and the FIFA World Cup in 2006, where he won more ‘man of the match’ awards than any other player. Sharelast_img read more