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Students face mental health crisis…mostly alone

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Jessica Perez has many responsibilities on her plate in her day to day, not only as a Mercer student, but also as a mother and as a worker. Perez is sophomore studying Digital Film. She says, “I get very stressed out with all my classes and then I need to take care of my kid.…

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Mental health care difficult for Mercer students to access due to stigma and lack of availability

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  In a typical week, Dorothy Gasparro sits down with twelve to fifteen Mercer students to help them work through personal and emotional problems. Gasparro, Ed.S., LPC, NCC, is the Senior Counselor at Mercer County Community College’s Counseling & Wellness Center; her job is to provide therapy, skills instruction, and support to struggling students. But…

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52 percent of Mercer Students are depressed according to survey

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By: Mariana Braz & Emily Lukasewycz Maybe you’ve walked the halls of Mercer and seen a student crying or staring off into space with a painful look on her face. Maybe you’ve noticed the kid at the back of the class with the dark circles under his eyes who does nothing but stare the floor. Maybe you’ve worried about a comment a…

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