beyond the green: collective of middlebury voices

a student-run publication that seeks to provide space for voices that are not being heard on our campus. we are grounded by politics that are radical, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, anti-ableist, and anti-transphobic (against all forms of oppression) and that reject the structural neo-liberal paradigm that characterizes middlebury college and its official publications

When do you act on a concern?

When do you act on a concern? How about when you’re concerned about a friend? A friend’s mental health? Where is the line drawn? When is someone else’s mental health YOUR business? This fall I watched a good friend slowly became mentally unhealthy. I was not the only one worried for him, but none of us knew how to provide support and comfort to this individual, who was clearly struggling with finding their own way. When we confronted him, he insisted on his independence and that there was nothing wrong with him. And none of us went to his parents, his school or authorities. Because to do so would set a series of actions in motion. Actions whose consequences might forever change the course of our friend’s life. None of us did anything. We were too worried that if we reached out to help, we could hurt our friend more than help him. It wasn’t until this friend was in a physical altercation with members of his family that action was taken and the police called. The weight of the situation still sits on my shoulders. Should I have done more?


This entry was posted on January 31, 2014 by in Mental Health and tagged .


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