Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

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Take care of yourself

Nick Garza, Staff writer February 12, 2021

Trigger warning: Suicide, depression, drug abuse In June of 2019, I tried to kill myself. I was addicted to Xanax, I had pushed away most of my friends and I hated myself. One sunny morning I just woke...

Photo by Ryan Houston-Dial

Hot Fries and Depression: The new miracle cure

Nick Garza, Staff writer February 2, 2021

WARNING: Reading this article and following the suggestions included may or may not help your mental health. I can only speak from my personal experience.  Most days, I wake up feeling empty. I lie...

Brenda Pina stands on the other side of the lens.

Capturing the good, the bad and the truth

Mark Joseph Leon January 30, 2019

Brenda Pina, 30, is a photographer for San Antonio Magazine and was invited to speak at one of DreamWeek’s DreamHour Speaker Series. “You make [art] for yourself until you decide to share it with the...

Mental health prominent among college students.

Behavioral Intervention Specialist emphasizes mental health

Alejandro Lopez January 30, 2019

  Roseanne McSweeney began her role as UTSA’s new behavioral intervention specialist in public safety on May 1. Being a part of President Eighmy’s strategic plan, the role was created to formalize...

College student stressed while on laptop

Professor explores mental health among college students

Ryan Houston-Dial November 15, 2018

According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), college students are showing a significant rise in diagnosed mental health conditions, increasing the possibility of hindering academic success....

Man crying

Be a man and take care of your health

Editorial Board and Kenyatta Battle November 14, 2018

Men: are three times more likely to commit suicide, six million men suffer from depression (with the majority of male depression cases going undiagnosed), and one-in-nine men will be diagnosed with prostate...

Photo of a person experiencing depression.

The pursuit to perfection

Ethan Pham April 24, 2018

College is meant to be a place of education, growth and learning. What happens far too often is the overwhelming pressure to succeed in college leads to severe issues that affect many students across campuses...

Graphic of a brain filled with stressor words like work, relationships, and exam.

Mental health in the mind of a college student

Natalie Hollenbeck March 30, 2018

Millennials have become the butt of baby-boomers’ jokes. Millenials have been on the receiving end of intentional attacks over workplace-readiness. Baby-boomers feel that millennials are entitled and...

Suicide by police

Kade Davis October 4, 2017

On the evening of Sept. 16, Scout Schultz created a disruption with a multi-tool knife on the Georgia Tech campus. When the police arrived, Schultz pleaded with one of them to shoot and kill Schultz; one...

Project Semicolon is a nonprofit
that a has a focus on anti-suicide
initiatives. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Your insults could be their end

Kimiya Factory September 20, 2017

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. But they do. Words have a way of cutting so deep that one could argue verbal insults heal much slower than a physical blow. Imagine this,...

Paisano Podcast: Active Minds

Ricardo Rodriguez November 22, 2016

In this podcast, Ricardo speaks with Melina Acosta, the president of UTSA's chapter of Active Minds. We discuss mental health, depression, and the stigma associated with mental health in college. Links...

De-stigmatizing depression will save lives

Editorial staff October 5, 2016

For some people, depression feels like putting on a playlist of their 100 favorite songs, only to skip each one because nothing sounds right. For others, it’s sitting down to their favorite meal but...

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