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Taking a toll

For some, social distancing and digital learning has provided flexibility and made life easier. For others, not being able to friends, talk to teachers, or follow a routine has impacted mental health in profoudly negative ways.

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

On Friday, March 15, MCHS announced it would be shutting down for a week and beginning online classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Shortly after, it became apparent that the school would not be reopening any time soon. When the original plan was to have one week off school due to COVID-19, students...

COVID-19 shutdown impacts mental health resources in McHenry community

Working harder than ever, Dr. Robert Kohn sees patients electronically to ease the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Madison Senica, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Mental health will be a vital part of McHenry’s ability to sustain resilience in times of panic. As of March 27, Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Robert Kohn and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Karen Senica have had to take new measures to provide the best holistic care for their patients during ...

Opinion: ‘I’m sad’ is a good enough excuse

When people struggle with their mental health—with depression or anxiety, sadness or grief—their struggle is true and real. Simply telling them to just

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 9, 2020

At some point in everyone's life, they feel like they have hit their ultimate low. For some, this pit of endless disappointment and desperation seems impossible to come back from. People don't need an excuse to be upset about something, and the last thing a person wants to hear when they are upset is...

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Though the decision to practice social distancing is the right decision, the consequences for high school students — especially seniors, who may miss prom, spring athletics, Decision Day, or even graduation — is more than unfortunate.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 19, 2020

Imagine spending your whole life dreaming about your senior year of high school -- seniority rules in clubs and sports, the feeling of your last track meet and going as hard as you can to make it all count, picking out the perfect prom dress and making plans to take pictures with your friends one last time...

Opinion: Mental health apps benefit everybody

Every day, users can track how they are feeling and receive encouragement during down moments using mental health apps like stoic.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

I’m standing around feeling far away—flustered with two minutes left until the bell rings. I see one of my favorite former teachers, so I crack a smile. When my teacher asks, “How are you?” My immediate response is to say good, but I really haven’t had a good day.  When students are having a hard tim...

Stop the Stigma

Stigmatizing the mentally ill by claiming they are “crazy”, “insane”, or that they are violent and a risk to others prevents them from getting help.

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor

November 6, 2019

If you are going to get hurt for telling the truth, or not yelling, or not fighting back, you better believe you are going to lie, scream, and fight. If you are abused as a child, whoever is abusing you is, mentally, the puppet master of you. When you are being pulled this way and that by someone yo...

West chill zone offers space to cool down

In the Chill Zone, students will find a  quiet space with comfortable places to sit and calming decor, including a bubbling fish statue.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

October 15, 2019

At the beginning of the school year, West Campus added a special room to the second floor where students can relax, talk to therapists or friends, or even sit alone when feeling stressed.  Known as the "Chill Zone," the room is located by the student services office at both campuses and is open al...