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Here’s how to unplug while staying informed

Experts say that half an hour on reputable news sites 
should be enough time for you to get the scoop.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 23, 2020

It’s helpful to limit our consumption of news and social media during such a tumultuous time, but it’s not realistic just to tune out all news and pretend the stressors don’t exist. Here are a few ways to stay informed while managing your mental health.

Suicide Prevention Month: Helping others through understanding and education

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

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10 and was created in order to provide an opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and how it impacts so many.

How Mercer students coped with quarantine by revisiting childhood favorites

Free for use photo by Eric Mclean via Unsplash

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

August 23, 2020

When Mercer switched to online classes for the rest of spring semester in March, many students went home to their childhood homes rather than remain on campus. During that time, a lot of them found themselves revisiting  their childhood interests. 

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer

August 21, 2020

Mental health struggles in the time of COVID-19 are something that is hard to explain, but it’s something many, if not all of us, have felt. The desperation for a return to normalcy, the feeling of being exhausted even when we’ve done nothing and the isolation from so many people takes a toll. 

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.

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