23 Nov OU students suffer from lack of mental health resources
Editor’s Note: The name Stacy Marks is a pseudonym used to preserve the student’s anonymity.
Trigger Warning: This story contains content regarding suicide.
When English and women and gender studies sophomore Stacy Marks came to OU, she thought she would be okay.
A National Merit Scholar, Marks did well academically in high school and was captain of the cheerleading team. When she was offered the scholarship, she realized she would be far away from her support system in Iowa, but she saw it as a new start.
When she ran out of her depression medication her first month at OU, things became complicated. Marks had not found a new counselor since moving, and without her medicine, thoughts of sadness overwhelmed her, making her feel worthless. She had trouble motivating herself to do things, feeling defeated when she did not accomplish them.