Meet Tim | Huskers Keep Going
Meet Husker Tim Roty, Software Engineering.
Tim shares why it's important to check in with friends often and reduce the stigma around mental health.
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[00:00:12.910]Hi, my name's Tim.
[00:00:13.780]I am a senior at UNL and I'm studying software engineering.
[00:00:18.170]So when I was in high school,
[00:00:19.760]I had an experience that happened to me
[00:00:21.220]which really made me an advocate for mental health.
[00:00:24.360]I had a friend who we all thought
[00:00:26.570]was the happiest guy in the world.
[00:00:28.310]He loved smiling, hanging out with people,
[00:00:30.470]super funny, loved to laugh.
[00:00:32.540]And unfortunately, I remember waking up one morning
[00:00:34.860]to my parents telling me that he had committed suicide.
[00:00:37.770]And that was very heartbreaking for me
[00:00:38.940]and a bunch of my friends,
[00:00:39.773]because not only did it come out of nowhere,
[00:00:42.380]but he was just like staple our friend group
[00:00:44.860]and a really awesome guy, no one ever would've thought
[00:00:47.850]he was even suicidal or depressed.
[00:00:50.080]I think going through that process of experiencing
[00:00:52.450]a close friend committing suicide,
[00:00:54.830]our friends really had to lean on each other for support
[00:00:57.340]and ever since then,
[00:00:58.173]I've always tried to be an advocate for mental health.
[00:01:01.500]I try to talk about it and be open with it
[00:01:03.200]whenever possible around people.
[00:01:04.960]I try to reduce the stigma.
[00:01:06.880]I think hopefully by doing those actions
[00:01:09.020]and helping spread awareness about mental health
[00:01:11.370]and mental health issues,
[00:01:12.420]hopefully no other person would ever have to go
[00:01:14.240]through the experience that me and my friends did,
[00:01:16.660]losing a best friend or even a friend to suicide.
[00:01:21.110]I think it's helpful to talk about our mental health
[00:01:23.100]and emotional wellbeing,
[00:01:24.770]going through college it's definitely a super stressful time
[00:01:27.540]and it's very difficult.
[00:01:28.500]I think sometimes to really talk about those feelings
[00:01:31.180]and be honest about it
[00:01:32.300]and it's really easy to internalize those.
[00:01:33.980]And I think addressing mental health issues
[00:01:35.970]and being honest and open about that
[00:01:37.600]really lifts that weight off your chest,
[00:01:39.430]and also makes others know that they're not alone
[00:01:41.400]and everyone experiences those.
[00:01:44.530]Some advice I have for students
[00:01:45.870]to take care of their mental health and well-being
[00:01:48.140]is to reach out and be open
[00:01:49.580]and honest with their friends about how they're feeling.
[00:01:52.040]Make sure that when you do feel depressed
[00:01:54.940]or anxious or whatever that may be,
[00:01:56.570]that you talk to people and be open about your feelings
[00:01:58.780]and reach out for support.
[00:02:00.110]Besides that, just take the opportunity to do things
[00:02:02.781]that are involved with school,
[00:02:04.550]whether that be a hobby you like doing,
[00:02:06.170]playing sports, working out
[00:02:08.260]something to get you active and motivated
[00:02:10.130]and that takes your mind off a lot of the stresses
[00:02:13.080]that come with college.
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