‘Greatest Of All Time’: Faculty, staff participate in goat yoga

‘Greatest Of All Time’: Faculty, staff participate in goat yoga

To better improve their physical and mental health, members of faculty and staff participated in goat yoga outside of Rugby as part of their annual health and wellness week Oct. 19 . According to the instructors, while yoga generally helps to relieve stress, goat yoga particularly targets participants’ emotional wellbeing. “Yoga itself is already grounding […]

McGraw ’01 returns to teach psychology

Tina McGraw ’01 will return to her alma mater as both the head of Peer Support She will be transferring to a school setting for the first time after working in drug and alcohol treatment at residential and outpatient centers for the past 12 years.  She worked as the Director of Operations, Administrative Coordinator and […]

Beyond the Books: Placing More Emphasis on Student Wellness

Beyond the Books: Placing More Emphasis on Student Wellness

“I geek out over all of this.” Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research Teacher and Counselor Michelle Bracken smiled as she reached above her desk to find a three inch binder given to her by the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. “Imagine a world where in Kindergarten you learn about how to solve problems and […]

Mental health facility releases Jonathan Martin ’08

A mental health facility released Jonathan Martin ’08 today, two months after he allegedly shared a threatening Instagram post that prompted the school to close. Martin received a judge’s permission to leave the facility after a clinical director said he supported his release, according to TMZ. He was sent to the facility for treatment after […]

Ross raises depression awareness

Ross raises depression awareness

Head of Upper School Laura Ross expressed sympathy and offered mental health resources to students in light of a suicide of a Buckley eighth grader in an email sent to upper school students, parents and faculty Feb. 2. “While there is no way to prepare for a tragedy like this, we hope that by sharing […]

Therapist speaks to ASiA club about mental health

Therapist speaks to ASiA club about mental health

Marriage and family therapist Jacqueline Liebman-Gentile visited ASiA club to speak to students about mental health. Club leaders said they decided to host Liebman-Gentile’s visit in light of the recent discussions about mental health occurring in Asia, which followed the suicide of K-pop star Kim Jong-hyun.   “It’s a controversy because in Asian cultures people […]

CBS News features senior in ‘People Making a Difference’ segment

Reporting from Rugby Theater, a CBS News crew filmed senior class meeting April 28 for a segment focused on Sophia Van Iderstine’s ’17 effort to start a conversation about mental health among her peers. According to the piece titled “People Making a Difference,” CBS reported on the “powerful lesson” from CEO of the Human Power Project Ross […]

Advocate urges more talk about mental health issues

Advocate urges more talk about mental health issues

Mental health advocate Jordan Burnham urged students to feel comfortable seeking treatment for mental health issues and to talk about them to get help. He shared his story of attempted suicide Wednesday during an assembly designed to help reduce the stigma surrounding such issues and disorders. The presentation also included a display by the Active Minds nonprofit […]

Happiness in a Bottle? Students say antidepressants help

Happiness in a Bottle? Students say antidepressants help

Thomas* ’16 realized he needed to be taking antidepressants when he tried to kill himself February of last year. He is taking a fluoxetine substitute for Prozac, which is designed to treat all types of depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) primarily. Prozac, as with all other common antidepressants, is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Serotonin […]