Until we can trust the University on mental health, we can’t solve the problem
Princeton represents the scientific and intellectual vanguard of our society, and it needs to act like it by demonstrating an awareness and care for student needs. When the University prioritizes performance metrics over students’ well-being, trust in the institution’s commitment to mental health is eroded. If we feel like Princeton is an aggravator of our conditions, why would we look to it for help? This is the reality: Princeton does not adequately show students that it cares about our mental health. Therefore, we are less likely to seek help when we need it, which may create or exacerbate existing mental health issues.