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How to stay busy during a quarantine

How to stay busy during a quarantine

Chance Allen, Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 and everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, it’s important to still keep the same pace that we did when we weren’t in quarantine. Here are some tips on how to keep yourself busy and focused.

How to manage coronavirus anxiety

What’s most important right now is well-being—but not just physically.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

March 24, 2020

The novel strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has prompted unprecedented responses that could be jarring to anyone. We don’t know what’s going to happen next, and the whole world seems more and more fearful by the day.

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

February 27, 2020

It’s important to know the differences so that you can talk to your doctor about your experiences and symptoms if you choose to seek treatment.

Beyond the Diagnosis: How I dealt with bipolar disorder when transitioning to college

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Just because my emotions can swing from one extreme to the other doesn’t mean I’m dangerous, but it does make me worry that they’ll think I am.

Burned out in college? Here’s how you can recover

Mercer students study in Tarver Library’s 24-hour study floor.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

November 25, 2019

The World Health Organization classified burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic stress that leads to mental health problems. How does one recover?

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. Most people dismiss attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a learning disability or something that you “get over” after school. In reality, however, ADHD is actually a neurodevelopmen...

Mercer’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program receives training grant 

The door to Mercer's College of Professional Advancement

McKenna Kaufman, Contributing Writer

November 4, 2019

Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement received a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education this past October. The grant will finance students in the Clinical Rehabilitation program who are training to become vocational rehabilitation counselors to address statewide and national personnel shortages.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Where can Mercer students get help?

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 9, 2019

Less than half of college students who are suffering will seek treatment. But according to Emily Piassick, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Mercer University, that number is increasing.

Here’s why NEDA’s weight stigma awareness campaign matters

Weight stigma is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s size. It can manifest in fatphobia, which is the dislike or fear of being or becoming fat.

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

I talked to a Mercer junior about her experience with eating disorders and weight stigma. From around the ages of 14 to 18, she struggled with anorexia, which is characterized by restrictive eating behaviors and a fear of food.

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here’s what it’s like to get diagnosed

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic disease that affects between 5 and 10 percent of women, half of whom don’t even know they have it.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 9, 2019

My doctor told me everything I needed to know, but she also told me that it’s common for people to misunderstand PCOS. I spoke to a surgeon who specializes in reproductive surgery about the ins and outs of PCOS.

Student government gears up for the year ahead

Vice President Michaela Jones (left) and President Adam Penland (right) of the Student Government Association (SGA) plan to strengthen mental health services and communication between the student body and SGA.

Elizabeth Tammi, News Editor

August 14, 2019

Vice President Michaela Jones and President Adam Penland of the Student Government Association (SGA) plan to strengthen mental health services and improve communication between the student body and SGA.

Mercer Artist: Vanae Hatcher

Photo courtesy of Vanae Hatcher

Nadia Pressley, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 13, 2019

When she came to Mercer her freshman year, junior Vanae Hatcher had a goal -- she wanted to get a degree that would allow her to get a job helping people. She discovered art psychotherapy, the use of creativity to help people express themselves and their emotions through art.

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