Published March 1, 2017

While growing up in a rural area with little access to mental health care and a lot of stigma, it never occurred to me self-care was important. After making a huge transition from my small town to Mizzou, I was often overwhelmed and struggled with my mental health. However, when I finally put aside the stigmas that plagued my home town and sought a counselor, I had to wait six weeks to have a conversation about self-care that could have ENHANCED my mental health and overall performance as a student. I am voting for Enhance Mizzou because it will hire three new counselors to serve all facets of campus, including students who are getting access to mental health care for potentially the first time in their lives. Everyone deserves a chance to be the best person they can be; Enhance Mizzou can provide that chance.

— Kelly D.