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[VIDEO] Op Ed Live: Mental Health on Campus

Posted on February 25, 2014 | by Peter Keffer

The Washington Square News Opinion Desk presents Op Ed Live: Mental Health on Campus. Deputy Editor Christina Coleburn and Contributing Columnist Dan Moritz-Rabson discuss the state of mental health care across the country and at NYU. Are there enough psychologists and psychiatrists working at the Wellness Center? Should those suffering from depression be sent home? The film is moderated by Deputy Editor Omar Etman. It is filmed and edited by Emilio Madrid-Kuser.


  • Serena

    I have had very negative experiences with the ‘Wellness’ Center. The first time, I filled out paperwork, and spoke to a counselor who simply asked if I was planning to commit suicide/homicide and when I said ‘No’, I was quickly dismissed without any help. The second time (months later) I saw a different counselor who spent our brief interaction complaining about how fat she felt and was very rude to me, implying I could lose weight too (I am a healthy size). At no point did they ask me anything about myself or offer help. They literally just ask if you’re planning to die and then dismiss you if you say no (If you say yes, you’re immediately reported to the Dean of your school and permanently kicked out of college). Rather than expand the Wellness Center I think they ought to get rid of it – it is costing our university millions and clearly not helping anyone – it doesn’t surprise me that so many young people are driven to kill themselves here. Zoe Ragouzeos is an irresponsible idiot and she has a lot to answer for.

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Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

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