Mental Health

‘Hackers’ turn to user-centered products at J-School Hackathon at North Texas

When Tracy Kirk registered for the MediaShift J-School Hackathon at UNT, she was hoping to collaborate on solutions to some of the issues facing small-town news organizations. However, Kirk’s original goal took a sharp turn when she shared a recent experience she had while searching for schools with her college-bound daughter.

The two-day competition, which was hosted by UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism, included about 50 student participants and faculty facilitators from journalism schools across the country. Students were placed on one of eight teams — ranging from three to five members — and tasked with developing...

UNT Police train to handle mental health crises

Through accreditation by two agencies, special training, constant communication with other departments and a close relationship with the local mental health authority, UNT Police are working to ensure their department can properly handle mental health crises on campus.

“Having [mental health] training is a good opportunity,” retired captain Jim Coffey said. “It allows us to quickly identify special mental issues with people and create understanding between them and the officers.”

UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds said the department communicates daily with the Dean of Students and the counseling center as...

CEOs and Psychopaths

Sun, Dec 18, 2016 - 5:00pm

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Managing First Taste of Adult Life With College Academics

Fri, Dec 9, 2016 - 6:10pm

By Alice Barr

As part of NBC 5’s week-long focus on mental health, we’re taking a look at the pressures and stresses of college life.

Going off to school is exciting, but it’s also often a student’s first time on their own and balancing high-level academics with a new taste of adulthood can be overwhelming.

But at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, students and staff are working together to make school feel like home.

There’s a lot to learn on a new college campus...

University of North Texas Offers App to Help Students Cope With Mental Health Issues

Mon, Aug 29, 2016 - 6:20pm

Denton, TX -- The new school year at the University of North Texas has begun, and the school staff is hoping an app will help students who may be having a difficult time adjusting.

UNT students are the only ones in Texas who have access to the "Just In Case" app. It also serves students on campuses all over California, as well as Ohio and Maryland.

The app can help students who are suffering from some type of mental health issues. According to the app, those can include having sleeping or eating disorders that can lead to bigger problems, crying a lot, feeling worthless, or being stressed.

People can also use...