Sammy Miller found herself struggling to shake intrusive thoughts of suicide in her dorm room one night during her freshman year.
Diagnosed with depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder, Miller knew what was happening. She called her therapist, who urged her to hand over her antidepressants to the building’s front desk so she wouldn’t be tempted to overdose. Minutes later, police were knocking at her door.
Thinking she’d done the right thing, Miller was confused. The officers told her she could go to the hospital willingly or by force. She called her parents, who took her home for the evening instead.
At the University of Minnesota, one in three students report having been diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime. The school, like many others nationwide, has expanded its mental health resources to meet rising demands.
But for those with more serious illnesses such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder or schizophrenia, finding adequate treatment options can be difficult.
“[Having a mental illness] is a lot more work than people realize, especially with one that’s not talked about a lot,” Miller said. “I love [the push to eliminate] stigma to depression and anxiety ... but at the same time, I also feel kind of invisible.”