Organization Spotlight: MCAN Alaska

BY ADELLE LaBRECQUE Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Unfortunately, clients of our mental health system often feel a sense of powerlessness as a “consumer” of services. The Mental Health Consumer Action Network (MCAN), is a local non-profit organization that advocates for various improvements within the mental health system, by placing a large focus on individuals “having…

Mindfulness and the Power of Meditation

BY ADELLE LaBRECQUE Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong mind·ful·ness noun: mindfulness 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition” 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as…

Health Corner: Grief and Healing

BY MARGIE THOMSON For the UAS Whalesong As a member of the UAS Community, you may have been impacted by tragic news of recent deaths and loss. Our most recent passing of student, Reed McWilliams, who suddenly passed away last weekend, can bring a host of grief and loss feelings including, shock and disbelief, sadness,…

Stress isn’t Actually That Bad For You

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong As students, we all experience some degree of stress. How often and how severe the stress is can change, and is different from individual to individual, but it is still there nonetheless. Since it is still very early in the semester you might not be feeling it now.…

Health Corner: Wi-Fi and Wellness

BY KRISTINA MOORE For the UAS Whalesong A couple of years back I completed a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago (a.k.a. The Way of St. James). I spent a month in Europe backpacking across northern Spain, sleeping in hostels at night, and contemplating the meaning of my life in the great space of the…

Take Care of Yourself!

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong People often tell you that you should wait to enjoy something or that you should work hard before you let yourself just boondoggle – that you have to gain the right to something or earn it. But what they most often forget is that one’s mental health should…