Dior Vargas, a Latina, feminist mental-health advocate, spoke at Ithaca College on Sept. 28 at the invitation of PODER, an IC Latino organization.
While IC has made progress in acknowledging the importance of mental health care on campus, it absolutely does not mean that CAPS has the funding and staff it needs to help the students who need it.
“I think, even though we’ve come a long way, even in places like Ithaca College, where we’re very liberal and we are very open-minded to a lot of ideas, mental illness is still considered taboo, and there’s still a large stigma surrounding it that prevents people from being open to talking about it,” he said. “I think if we get the conversation going, it might spread.”
For six years, Ithaca College student Molly struggled with an eating disorder, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
She shares how her recovery process has inspired her to take active roles in the college community.