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Experts explain how to handle mental health and trauma during COVID-19

Experts explain how to handle mental health and trauma during COVID-19

Josh Peck, News Editor

May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions to lose their jobs, led to tens of thousands of tragic deaths and forced students to learn from laptops and Zoom meetings. Research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2019 and in Frontiers in Psychology in 2020 concluded that college students’ mental health has been on the decline in the past decade and uncertai...

University makes changes to counseling and mental health services, student health services following external recommendations

University makes changes to counseling and mental health services, student health services following external recommendations

Breahna Luera, News Editor

April 27, 2020

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Espy sent an email to the UTSA community on April 14 with an update on the President’s Initiative on Enriching Campus Wellbeing. The email included a report from Hodgkins Beckley Consulting (HBC) on UTSA’s Counseling and Mental Health Se...

Finding a Way to Handle the Heat and Stay in the Kitchen

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 8, 2020

This semester is the first time I’ve felt stress this intense. I’ve always been a self-starter and rarely felt the expectations of others on me in my day-to-day life, but this semester is different. I’m to maintain my expected GPA and beyond, to mentor younger students while I feel in need of mentoring...

Letter to Survivors

Letter to Survivors

Lindsey Mione, Special Events Coordinator

April 8, 2020

Pretending to be okay and acting like nothing happened is what survivors are told to do. One incident is not worse than the other. Rape is rape and should be treated as such. You are told “it’s not your fault,” but what society fails to teach you is how to accept this fact yourself. Most people...

Eighmy gives update on campus well-being

Eighmy gives update on campus well-being

Breahna Luera, News Editor

March 4, 2020

UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy sent students an update on campus well-being via email on Feb. 28. “Over the last couple of months, concerns have been raised regarding UTSA’s efforts to promote wellness and provide access to mental health services,” Eighmy said in the email. “I’ve heard...

Dean of students holds well-being forums

Dean of Students LT Robinson informs attendees about the President’s Initiative on Enriching Campus
Wellbeing. The next event for this initiative will be the Wellbeing fair on March 3.

Breahna Luera and Haley Jones

February 25, 2020

LT Robinson, dean of students and senior vice provost for academic affairs, sent out an email on Feb. 14 that informed students about three forums on the President’s Initiative on Enriching Campus Wellbeing. The forums occurred on Feb. 18 in the Denman Ballroom on Main Campus, Feb. 20 in the Buena...

The fatality of public opinion

The fatality of public opinion

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

Caroline Flack, best known as the host of popular television show Love Island: UK, died by suicide on Saturday, Feb. 15. Before her untimely death, Flack was facing charges of alleged domestic abuse against her boyfriend. As a result, her character was ripped apart by British media outlets and people...

The state of mental health at UTSA

President Taylor Eighmy addresses an on-campus suicide that occurred in December 2019. Dr. Melissa Hernandez, director of Counseling and Mental Health Services, co-leads the President’s Initiative on Enriching Campus Wellbeing.

Breahna Luera and Josh Peck

February 19, 2020

On Feb. 7, President Taylor Eighmy provided The Paisano with his first statement regarding the suicide of Cesar Caballero, sophomore pre-music major and Resident Assistant (RA) at Alvarez Hall. The incident occurred on Dec. 4, 2019, at Alvarez Hall. “We are all deeply saddened by the death of Cesar ...

Student jumps from second-story bridge

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 19, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the second incident of self-harm UTSA has acknowledged in the past three months — the last occurring in December — took place between the Business Building (BB) and McKinney Humanities Building (MH) when a student jumped off the bridge connecting the buildings. “Upon arrival [to ...

Whole Life Healing Q&A

Whole Life Healing Q&A

Kasandra Parker

November 25, 2019

Q: What type of therapy work do you do? A: I am a licensed professional counselor and provide therapy specifically for young ladies 16 and up and adult women who have experienced trauma in childhood due to abuse and/or neglect. I also focus on helping survivors of sexual abuse, loss through miscarr...

Ninth annual TEDxSanAntonio

Ninth annual TEDxSanAntonio

Breahna Luera and Josh Peck

November 13, 2019

TEDxSanAntonio held its ninth annual event on Nov. 9. This year’s theme was “re:frame,” which was meant to engender conversations that presented issues from different perspectives. Nine speakers took the stage, covering topics that ranged from recoloring the outdoors to overcoming a creative block. Speaker...

San Antonio to host TEDx

Graphic by Lindsey Thomas

Joseph Torres

November 6, 2019

The city of San Antonio will be hosting TEDxSanAntonio at the Charlie McCombs Empire Theater Nov. 9, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The theme for this event is “re:frame,” where speakers from all over the country will take turns speaking on topics such as psychology, blogging, environmental conservation,...