NAMI hosts healthy relationship forum

April 12, 2018



Sports Editor | agb022@ latech.edu


The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an organization dedicated to learning about and bettering the lives of people with mental illnesses, and speaking about its causes and solutions.


The Louisiana Tech NAMI organization lived up to that mission statement March 27, as it held a forum on healthy relationships: what they entail, what people can do to maintain them, what unhealthy relationships look like and what can be done to get out of one.


Senior psychology major Madeleine Fettet, vice president of NAMI, said she hopes meetings on topics like healthy relationships spark a discussion worth listening to and joining in, among the students who attend.


“Whenever we present our forums, our main goal is to create a discussion and a welcoming environment where people aren’t afraid to share their ideas and their opinions,” Fettet said. “The main goal is to raise awareness, educate and to maybe reduce the stigma related with talking about some of these topics.”


Fettet said relationships are essential in any setting but especially a college one, making the knowledge of a healthy and unhealthy relationship more important.


“It can be very grounding to have a good and consistent relationship,” she said. “College is a very turbulent time of our lives, and we may rely on a relationship with others to ground us. It gives us someone to go to when we’re stressed because there is a lot of stress in college. And it’s important to be able to detect the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship, because if it is unhealthy, it’ll be causing more stress in your college life.”


One person who can support the sentiments Fettet conveyed is senior cyber engineering major and NAMI president Carl Perez. Perez witnessed first-hand how detrimental an unhealthy relationship can be, and said he wished he had a forum like this to attend while it unfolded.


“Freshman year, I had a really abusive relationship,” Perez said. “It was really emotionally abusive, and I didn’t recognize it until after my partner cheated on me. I saw all of the toxic stuff leading up to it and I wish I knew how to put words to that or I wish I even knew that it was unhealthy to be treated like that. I didn’t recognize that until I was outside of the relationship, so I wish I had this perspective while I was in it so I would’ve been able to (get out) of it sooner or address it.”


Senior biology major and NAMI event coordinator Rachel Eddy said she hopes to be the group that exposes and addresses these issues so people who suffer can find answers.


“A lot of people don’t know basic things about their mental health,” Eddy said. “So this is basically an education for a group of people who are really, really vulnerable to these kinds of things, like especially stress and depression related things and sexual abuse and relationship health. That stuff is so important for college students and nobody talks about it. So we’re trying to be the people who talk about it.”


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