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Wellness Wednesday

It’s OK To Not Be OK: Signs & Symptoms of Depression

There are a quite a few life changes that come with the commencement of college. For example, one acquires roommates, develops new friendships, is exposed to new cultures, takes on new classes and even develops a new lifestyle. This is a lot to take on! For many, these changes can lead to feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and sad. Depression is a mental health disorder and is known to affect college students in many unexpected ways (Riba & Cusumano, 2018). For instance, it can affect not only a student’s academic performance, but their sleep regimen, their relationship with peers and overall health. Depression comes in many forms like sleeping a lot or not enough, affecting one’s appetite, and deterring one’s motivation to do things like going to class or participating in activities. Depression can isolate students and make them feel sad and hopeless(Riba & Cusumano, 2018). If the depression gets deeper, it could even lead to students to develop thoughts of suicide. When it comes to depression, not many people are comfortable …

Halloween Safety Tips

Who doesn’t love the spooky season!? Halloween is something we all look forward to at the end of the month…candy, costumes, scary movies and so much more! But as we become adults and learn to make our own choices, Halloween is not all “cupcakes and rainbows” as it once was. Here are some tips on how to be SAFE on Halloween: Have a DD It is ALWAYS important to have someone who can make sure you get home safely. 52% of motor vehicle deaths happen on Halloween. Don’t have a friend who can take you home? No worries! The UNK Peer Health Education Office provides UNK students with a safe ride home through their program “Safe Ride.” What is Safe Ride? Any UNK student may call the Kearney Taxi Service for a FREE ride from any bar to their residence or from a residential area back to campus. Safe Ride Rules UNK student ID is required and multiple passengers per ride are recommended for safety and efficiency purposes. Safe Rides do NOT …

WARNING: Flu Season Ahead! Flu vs. Cold and How to Detect the Difference

It’s that time of the year – runny noses, contagious coughs, and stomach bugs are on the rise and it’s almost impossible not to catch what everyone is passing around. Determining whether you have a cold or the flu can be difficult, even with how common these illnesses are, because the symptoms are very similar. Do you know how to detect the differences between the two? Symptoms for both diseases vary for each affected person according to the severity of the illness, although the flu is often more severe and can lead to serious complications whereas a cold will not. Both the flu and a cold are respiratory illnesses, but they’re different viruses (hence the similarities and difficulty in distinguishing between the two). Colds often start off as a runny or stuffy nose with a sore throat and rarely result in serious health issues such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. The flu on the other hand, is more intense and can result in detrimental health problems. Last year, in …

Are you POSITIVE you are NEGATIVE?

Are you POSITIVE you are NEGATIVE?  You don’t have any symptoms, so you must be okay, right? Maybe not… Did you know that rates of some STDs are up as much as 76% in the last five years?  You could be infected and not even know it!  Many infections don’t have any symptoms at all. Young women are particularly at risk because undiagnosed infections can lead to infertility, pregnancy complications and even chronic pelvic pain.  There is also increasing evidence that some STDs can cause infertility in men. Not so common STDs like Syphilis and Gonorrhea have had especially dramatic increases.  These infections have been traditionally associated with men who have sex with other men; however, in more recent years, we are now seeing increases in women and heterosexual men. The type of sexual activity you are participating in may also determine your risk and the type of testing you need.  Having anal intercourse with anyone, whether you are a man or woman, can increase your risk. There are numerous STDs that …

Lopers Don’t Guess the Yes: Getting Real About Sexual Consent

September 10th, 2018

We’re spending the month of September talking about sexual consent – let’s get real! Discussions surrounding rape, sexual harassment, and sexual consent have gained significant recognition the last few years; and movements like “No Means No” and #MeToo have emerged in order to combat the injustice and stigma associated with these topics. So what exactly is sexual consent? Consent means to actively and mutually agree to be sexual with someone. Consenting and asking for consent are all about setting your personal boundaries and respecting those of your partner. Both people must agree to sex — every single time— for it to be consensual (Planned Parenthood, 2018). Without consent, sexual activity (including oral sex, genital touching, and vaginal or anal penetration) is sexual assault or rape. Silence or lack of resistance does not demonstrate consent. Sexual consent is always clearly communicated — there should be no question or mystery. Here are the basic characteristics of consent. Consent is permission that is… sober, verbal, conscious, willingly given, enthusiastic, continuous, revocable, and absolutely …