October 26, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 3

Shrink Rap Begins Another Season

Dr. Bernadette Peters. Photo courtesy of the Niagaran.

Dr. Bernadette Peters. Photo courtesy of the Niagaran.

WNIA is back this year with a bunch of new shows, but Bernadette Peters' show Shrink Rap is a returning veteran. Peters is a state-licensed psychologist and earned both her bachelor's degree and doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her main job is in the NU counseling center on campus.
Her show deals with many subtopics, all coming together with a main topic of mental health. Very credible guests are in abundance.
It's such a different part of my job, I absolutely love it. It's so exciting, said Peters.
The show airs every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is already 3 shows into this semester's season. Topics covered thus far include yoga and depression.  
During the show, anyone is encouraged to call in (716-286-7315) to ask questions, even instant message Peters during the show. You don't have to be on air or even give out any information the show is there for listeners to take advantage of the help it offers.  
I've listened to her show a few times, it's really informative. She seems like she could help a lot of people, said NU student Christie-Lee Wolf.
Peters' Sept. 27 show, Dealing with Depression, provided  a lot of information about what depression actually is and its different types. Information about possible symptoms to look for, and types of treatment offered for each type of depression was also provided.
In addition, Peters spoke about the National Depression Screening Day, which was Oct. 7. On that day, 500 colleges around the nation offered free screenings for depression and other related disorders. Screenings were offered at St. Vincent's Hall and were open to students as well as the general public.
Peters regularly talks about dealing with stress and depression on Shrink Rap. Her goal, she says,  is to help increase awareness on mental health issues. She also wants to give students advice on how to handle certain issues.
Students experiencing mental “ health related problems are encouraged to listen to Shrink Rap as well as visit the Counseling Center in Seton Hall.  Students can call a counselor at 716-286-8536.
Counseling services are offered for free to NU students. If students have concerns about depression or other related disorders, they can first get a free screening at www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

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