Mental Health: The Unspoken Language

By Autumn Gourley

2019-2020 Peer Mentor

May is mental health awareness month, but what about all of the other months? Online, mental health is proposed as such an important concept that should be taken seriously. However, mental health is one of the least common things talked about in person. Not many people are willing to talk about mental health because it makes them uncomfortable. Also, no one probably wants to just randomly go around talking about all of the things that bothers them. Even though I am only a student, I am here to express the importance of mental health, and getting the help you or someone else may need.

Getting help starts with realizing you may be suffering. Mental illnesses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Whether you suffer from depression, anxiety, AD(H)D or anything else, you’re not alone! Millions of us suffer from something. At this point in our lives, life is extremely hard and stressful. College isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Adulting isn’t doing whatever you want whenever you want. Events can happen in your life that really throw you off course but that’s OKAY! It’s okay to not feel okay. The important thing is to take steps in a more positive direction.

I personally suffer from anxiety and depression so I know how hard life can be sometimes. I took a really dark path but ended up realizing I needed to change for a mentally healthier me. I started going to therapy and even started taking medication. None of this probably matters to everyone but my point of this whole thing is that mental illness is a real issue. Suicide is a real issue. We as a society try to mask mental illness as if it’s just a “phase” and will eventually go away. Don’t be afraid to take positive actions towards a better you. Go to the gym, go see a therapist, go hang out with friends, or read your favorite book. Just take time to develop some self care strategies. To everyone out in the world suffering: you are never alone. You have friends, professors, family, pets, and a bunch more people who love and care about you. You are more than your struggles. If you or anyone you know is going through a hard time or just need someone in general, call the UD helpline 24/7/365 at 302-831-1001.

Attend Fall Major Fest and Major Mania!

Come explore the many majors and minors UD has to offer! Plan your academic and career pathway with complementary majors, minors, and out of classroom experiences. Faculty and staff representatives from every college will be available to talk with you about majors, application processes and requirements. Representatives from the Pre-law Advising Committee, the Center for Premedical and Health Profession Studies, Disability Support Services, and many other academic resource offices will also be at Major Mania to answer your questions. The Career Center will showcase all of the resources they have for students who are exploring majors including their career assessment options and Career Communities.

Fall Major Fest Schedule

Twilight Induction Ceremony

Twilight Induction Ceremony 2019

Gather with your fellow new classmates to be formally welcomed into the Blue Hen Family. President Dennis Assanis and prominent student leaders will welcome you and compel you to reflect on what it means to be a Blue Hen!

Monday, August 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

South Green

Involvement Fair

Involvement Fair is Monday, August 26, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Central Green (Newark Campus)

Get involved!

Academic, advocacy & philanthropy, community service, government & programs, hobby & recreation, media & political, multicultural, performance, religious, and special interest.

Find all these student groups online at

Mark Your Calendar for the Career Center’s 2019 Fall Events!

Mark Your Calendar for the Career Center’s 2019 Fall Events!

Image of Fall 2019 Career Center events

Meet the Firms – Sep. 5

Fall & Career Internship Fairs – Sep. 12

Civil & Construction Engineering Career Fair – Sep. 24

Biotechnology & Biomedical Career Fair – Oct. 2

Careers in Behavioral Health & Nutrition Meetup – Oct. 3

Wealth Management Networking Night – Oct. 7

Law School Fair – Oct. 9

Dining Etiquette – Oct. 17

Fashion Career Meetup – Oct. 22

Education Meetup – Oct. 29

Speed Networking for First-Year Business Students – Nov. 6 & &

Nursing Career Fair – Dec. 3

Consider taking Human Geography on the Wilmington campus


All of us are curious about Geography Take a look outside your window right now. What do you see? Houses and commercial buildings –   streets and highways-  gardens and lawns.  What do these tell us?

It tells us something interesting and profound about who we are as a culture. If you walk, or drive on a road, or on a plane to another region or country, what do you see? That view outside your window will change, sometimes subtly, sometimes drastically.

Our geographical imaginations will push us to look and think and begin to make sense of what is going on in these different places, why it is structured the way it is, what it means, and how we have changed it and continue to change it.  This is Human Geography.

GEOG102-710 Course Description

Human Geography is the study of people and places. It focuses on how people make places, how we organize space and society, how we interact with each other in places, and how we make sense of others and ourselves in our localities, regions, and the world.

What can students learn?

In this course students will learn skills in map interpretation, expand their mental map and enhance their world view, learn the interconnectedness and interdependence of the modern world (culturally, politically and economically), and what the implications are on real world problem solving.

Geog102 is a 3-credit introductory level course that fulfills the multicultural requirement.


Lusiana Browning holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Geography from the University of Delaware. Trained as a geographer, Ms. Browning has over 10 years of experience teaching students from diverse communities at the University of Delaware Wilmington campus and the English Language Institute AT Program. She is a native of the Fiji Islands.  She has also conducted a number of  successful studies abroad programs at the University of Delaware.

Ms. Browning believes students should be encouraged to enroll in a geography course. She treats the subject matter as interconnected, emphasizing that everything students are learning fits together into a holistic understanding of the world, from which they can develop their personal world view.

Ms. Browning believes student outcomes are enhanced when students are taught how to conduct research, think critically and geographically, and demonstrate problem solving.

Her class structure includes in-class discussion where students are taught to refute and defend arguments. Ms. Browning believes that effort and attitude are important values in rewards of accomplishment