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"I began to contact students through a thebluetones.info forum. alternate e-mail accounts through Yahoo! so they could communicate with each other. Violence is rampant, and hardly a day passes that someone is not shot, out . Gibson and 16 other leading New Orleanians, and sent a letter dated May 2. Oct 14, Euric Cain, the New Orleans man accused of shooting a Tulane Suspect in shooting of Tulane medical student accused of raping, In May, Cain's onetime girlfriend, Nictoria Washington, pleaded guilty to Yahoo Search. Jun 25, Bhumi Patel, a student in Tulane University's MD/MPH degree program, was shot during an armed robbery in Haiti on Thursday.
And Andy Joseph, a junior, died in an accident caused by an epileptic seizure. But the changes fall short of what many students wanted, and are unlikely to meet the staggering need for mental health services on campus.
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No college is immune. Universities are welcoming a generation of students who are more anxious than ever, and who appear to be cracking under the weight of the growing pressure to get into a good college and then to pay for it. Society burdens kids with this pressure, and then sends them off to college to deal with it. At the heart of the wrenching debate is a touchy question: How much responsibility do colleges really bear for the psychological well-being of their students?
More and more students are showing up to college already struggling with one or more mental illnesses. Thousands of students were hospitalized for psychiatric conditions by counseling centers that same year.
The good news is that the rise in mental illness has not translated into a higher suicide rate for college-aged adults, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among to year-olds. The vast majority of people who attempt suicide have an underlying mental illness, but the relationship between the two is complex. Most who struggle with mental illness will never attempt suicide, but universities cannot be complacent about the risk.
Her thoughts were turning more and more hopeless — as if she was in a dark tunnel without an exit. Shefali Arora's medication prescribed for her bipolar disorder pictured in her home in Deerfield, Illinois on Thursday, February 5, A few nights before Halloween, Arora grabbed one of the many bottles of pills she had been prescribed by a series of doctors over the past two years to treat her bipolar disorder and swallowed too many of them. Arora, having second thoughts, called a friend who took her to the emergency room, and then she let her mom know she was on her way.
There, Arora drank glasses of liquid charcoal to absorb the medication, and the next morning, she was transferred to a psychiatric ward in another hospital to recover, strapped to a gurney.
Arora loves Tulane, but ever since she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the summer before her sophomore year, it had become for her a barely tolerable place to be. The school was generous about letting her take time off when her psychological issues became too overwhelming, but Tulane counselors were also clear that she would not be able to receive the help she needed on campus.
They expected a depressed teenager to find and coordinate her own mental health care off campus, with nothing more than a printout list of local psychiatrists and their telephone numbers to guide her.
Several other Tulane students said that they had also had this experience, and that they were left to their own devices when they needed more serious mental health help.Video shows students hiding as shots are fired
At one point, right in the thick of midterms, near the end of her sophomore year, a college administrator told Arora she had to find a therapist within two weeks or leave campus. The administrator checked in with Arora weekly when she returned to school after her mental health leave. Luckily, Arora survived her attempt at suicide, but when a sophomore named Mary Travis killed herself in her dorm last November, Arora was shaken to the core.
Arora realized other students needed help as much as she did — and that Tulane had to do something about it. Something had to change. Providing psychological support to college students is still a relatively new idea, even though student depression on campus is not. Bill-funded students arriving on campus.
By the end of the s, about half of all colleges provided some mix of vocational advice and psychological help. More Meanwhile, medical breakthroughs made antidepressants and other psychiatric medications widely available.
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A new generation of students, suffering from mental illnesses that might have prevented them from going to college in the first place a few decades ago, began showing up on campus and filling college dorms each year. Getting accepted to a good college has become harder over the past 15 years, so kids come more stressed and worn out than ever before from the race to get into college.
Parenting styles have also evolved.
Some college counselors say they see students who are less resilient than earlier generations and who are unable to cope with failure — from which they have been cushioned by their over-involved parents before they leave home at Counseling centers have adapted; most of them now have psychiatrists on staff who can prescribe medication and other trained therapists who deal with anxiety and depression, the most common ailments on most campuses.
Recently, overwhelmed universities have begun to put limits on how often students can access their mental health services, to cut down on the weeks of waiting for appointments.
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In September ofthe Tulane administration joined this trend. Tulane students are now allowed to see CAPS therapists a maximum of 12 times during their four years at school.
We recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support a project called the Katrina Environmental Research and Restoration Network. This project involves bringing together a network of researchers, educators, public policy experts, community folks, among many others, to provide important and useful information as we embark on the immense recovery phase of our lives in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana I feel relatively good about my return and that of others.
This is my lifelong home and I feel passionately about the city's needs and current plight The environment is one of the most important issues for the city and region, and Tulane has an opportunity to be one of the real leaders in this area for the whole world. We find ourselves in the middle of the most extreme environmental laboratory you can imagine I believe there is opportunity for all to show the world how you rebound and recover from disasters.
There are so many lessons to be learned and shared with all.
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We lost roof tiles, a tree came down, we needed a new refrigerator. We were very lucky We first went to Houston for a week and then San Antonio for five weeks. I spent most of my time answering e-mails about the Freeman School. We were inundated with questions about courses and credits, status of faculty It is such a contrast to Uptown life that is getting back to where it was before Katrina.
And everyone is talking about making a comeback; there is a feeling of camaraderie For the most part it will be business as usual for the school. We have revised the MBA program to incorporate several practicums of community development and rebuilding and are doing a similar thing for the undergraduates who will be required to take a community-service related course. Plus, we are encouraging our students to pursue internships in New Orleans where they can make a difference.
It had great ambiance and spirit, with families of all ages and circumstances. But it was destroyed by seven feet of water.
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When I got back, all was desolation and silence. I'm fortunate to have resources; I was insured and able to plunder my retirement.
So I bought a house over by Tchoupitoulas, well above sea level The medical library is fine. It's on the second floor of the Hutchinson Building and escaped the flood.
Most medical literature is online anyway, so with communications up, we can still serve our students and faculty I couldn't be more enthusiastic about coming back.
I've been at Tulane for 31 years and have had a love affair with New Orleans since I was a kid. When I was old enough to sell Cokes at Tulane football games, I made a small fortune from all the tips from customers.
I went to Jesuit High School in the '60s and was often in on the hiring of bands for school dances. I've traveled around the country and abroad a lot; New Orleans is not an American city. All Orleanians are off center, some a little, some a lot. It's that wholesale eccentricity that makes our people so irresistible