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LSUS Counseling Services Addresses Student Mental Health Challenges With Podcast

March 24, 2021

Shreveport, LA-LSU Shreveport continues to play its part in the nationwide effort to see mental health improvement in college students. The university's Counseling Services department recently added another way to connect to students and the wider community with a podcast titled, Say It Out Loud: Tackling Tough Topics Together, available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Director of Counseling Services, Angie Pellerin, had been toying with the idea for a couple of years. She believes that talking openly about challenging topics breaks the mainstream perception that asking for help is a worthy of shame.

"With many of the life challenges each of us face as human beings, we often feel like we need to them face alone," Pellerin said. "One of the hardest things for many of us, and for young students in particular, is to overcome the shame of asking for help. Talking openly about things we often hide from the outside world, and giving these things a voice, can bring them out into the open and let people know that they are not the only ones struggling."

The podcast features the Counseling Services team and a variety of guest speakers including current students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. The topics range from student success tips to dealing with non-academic issues such as political stress and body image.

Alyssa Garza, who recently made local news as the university's first Certified Peer Educator, hopes the podcast will open the floor to topics that students already have on their minds but may not want to vocalize.

"Most topics are submitted by students anonymously, which helps us address what students are thinking and may not be comfortable coming forward and asking," Garza said. "With open conversation going on about mental health, we can normalize opening up and talking about the challenges surrounding mental health. Once they are out in the open, students can then work together to identify what helps them manage or cope with these challenges. With more people tackling mental health, the more positive outcomes we will see in students in relation to their mental health."

Twelve episodes are available for streaming and more are on the way. The Counseling Services team wants the podcast to be a source of comfort, encouragement, and empowerment for listeners within the LSUS community, and beyond.

"My hope with this podcast is that students, and any listeners, can know that they are not alone," Pellerin said. "And of course, beyond that, for our students, they can feel encouraged to keep pushing toward their own growth and achieve their goals."

The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

To schedule an interview or Zoom call with Director of Counseling Services, Angie Pellerin, contact Wendell Riley at wendell.riley@lsus.edu or 318-797-5108.

About LSUS
Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university's mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

 
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