By: Diamond Taylor | Contributing Writer
The Black Student Union, BSU, has implemented a series of discussion panels surrounding the issues of mental health. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the topic was toxic romantic relationships
The Vice President of BSU, Kayla Hammond shares the rundown of how these discussions were established:
“There was an e-board meeting last year and I felt as though it was something that needed to be discussed. I kept it to three times a semester… if people are talking about mental health it’s normally stating the basics. We needed a space we could talk candidly, the only way to really talk about mental health is to get down and dirty.”
Abuse does not just exist in a physical form; Reachma.org lists other categories of abuse such as: sexual, verbal, mental, cultural and financial. These all transpire too often in relationships and is something that needs to be analyzed.
According to Loveisrespect.org, 43% of college women experience violent and abusive dating behaviors from their partners. Though it may not be as common, abusive relationships happen to men as well. According to thehotline.org, 10% of men will experience physical abuse from their partner.
Hammond mentioned the hope that these discussions will continue.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen after I graduate but I’m going to try to put it in paperwork somewhere that it needs to continue,” she said.
Toxicity can be detrimental to mental health, especially in romantic relationships. As stated by psychologytoday.com, the first step to changing a toxic relationship is to recognize you’re in one. The second step is to believe you deserve to be treated with respect, love, and compassion.