Surrounding the University’s Mental Health Week last month, a few perspectives and opinions were raised regarding voluntary or involuntary withdrawals and Princeton’s related policies. While it is laudable that efforts were made to promote discussion on this topic, the momentum from that week seemed to stop short of meaningful change. During that time, there surfaced only a couple of articles highlighting students’ concerns, a single article from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and University Health Services in response, and then … nothing.I am writing this column because I am genuinely concerned about the well-being of my fellow students here at Princeton. I wish to share my own story, first, to try to push back against our very real and human tendency to prefer silence over any difficult conversation, and second, because I hope to reignite this crucial discussion regarding mental health at Princeton.
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