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Spectrum - May 26, 2023

An open letter to students on mental health

It's all too easy for the adults to rationalize that everything is OK; we need to hear from youth

by Dave Cortright

My whole life I have struggled with depression, anxiety and — at my lowest — suicidal ideation. When I was a kid, some mornings I'd need to lie down on the couch before I could muster up the energy to walk the remaining 15 feet to the kitchen. In high school, I diagnosed myself with mononucleosis because I was so chronically fatigued and desperately wanted a reason why. In retrospect, both were depression symptoms.

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