Mind Power: 10 tips for student mental health

Jessica Boaventura had a problem with perfection.

“I was your picture-perfect girl,” says the University of Guelph psychology student, recalling her last year of high school. She had top grades, plenty of friends, sang in a vocal program and was a star player on the rugby team. “There were lots of awards and accomplishments and nothing tragic ever happened in my life. I liked excelling,” says Boaventura, who says she often put pressure on herself to try and always do better.

Click here to read the full article. Then one day the pressure got to her. “Depression hit me like a truck when I was in Grade 12. I felt like crying all the time.”

Boaventura was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Over the next several years she received therapy, tried various medications and was even hospitalized for two brief periods when her mental state reached a crisis point.

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