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It's okay not to be okay

(03/12/21 5:00am)

At Duke, it’s not uncommon to hear someone grumbling about how much work they have to do, and yet, the most common answer to the question, “How are you?” is still “Fine”, or even “Good!” When it comes down to it, we have trouble being direct with each other and ourselves about our mental health. Why is it so hard for us to admit that we’re not really okay? Why is it so hard to talk about failure, rejection, and struggle when it happens all the time at Duke?