Anna Hager ’12, Alexa Hetwer ’13, Gavin Front ’12, Kaytee Turetsky ’12, Jacon Powers ’13, Jillian Stockmo ’13 write in as part of the Amherst College Mental Health Task Force to inform the students about mental health on campus.

In the latest of a series of Town Hall discussions held at our Monday night meetings, the AAS opened its doors this week to three members of the Mental Health Task Force — Denise McGoldrick, Director of Health Education at the College, Kate Turetsky ’12 and Gavin Front ’12. The Task Force has been charged with exploring and providing recommendations regarding existing mental health resources and determining what additional resources should be developed to ensure the best possible mental health for all students at the College.

At last night’s AAS Senate meeting, the mental health task force came to discuss the state of Amherst students’ mental health and well-being. Remarkably, no one was surprised to hear that much of the student body had significant stress-related issues. The students attending the meeting are our peers, so they understand the stress students face on campus. Most of us, as high achieving students, don’t bat an eyelid as we continue to add more and more to the ever-growing to-do lists we accumulate through classes, sports, and other activities.