04/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

COLUMN: Sympathy For Mentally Ill Requires Awareness, Openness

University years, typically when arresting uncertainty and ambiguity proliferate, are a particularly trying time for the mentally ill. As someone who suffered from mental illness while at Rice and has friends still there with similar afflictions, I understand that the fear of stigma and even university retribution prevents many from seeking help - a dangerous prospect for youth who typically have little familial support nearby and a plethora of means by which to harm themselves. In light of this, I ask you, the reader, to resolve to develop a more authentic sympathy for the mentally sick, especially those with whom you learn and reside.

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