Skip to main content

"A Diagnosis Isn't the End."

 By Kailee Ferguson                                                                                                         February 20, 2019
The Angler Guest Reporter

“A Diagnosis Isn’t the End.”

            At TEDxLSSC this past weekend, Army veteran and full-time LSSC student, James Thomas Simons struck the audience with the gravity of mental health in his speech 
“It’s time to change the way we think (and talk) about mental health.”
From talking about Simon’s experiences with his mental health to sharing how 2/3 of the population never seek help, he inspires the audience by bringing positive awareness to mental health and those who suffer from its various forms. Even though he “[believed] that [mental illness] would label [him] as a failure,” he sought help and support. Despite his thoughts that post-traumatic stress disorder would make people see him as “a weapon with the safety broken,” Simons encourages others that it isn’t the end- that a diagnosis isn’t the final verdict
            Mental health isn’t simply depression or a personality quirk. We all know someone who has a mental illness, whether that friend or family member is aware of it or not. You cannot judge or assume what someone has gone through. If you feel you would like some help or further information on this, please reach out to your local school counselor, work counselor, physician or even a trusted friend.
 Furthermore, an extra extension of respect or kindness should be given to those you meet. Simons presents this compassionate solution; “A few kind words can change a person’s life.” We can all transform each other’s life with a few simple steps:
1.    Don’t harbor self-stigma
2.    Show compassion for those with mental illnesses.
3.    Be honest and choose empowerment over neglect.
It takes minimal effort to make a maximum change in someone’s life. If you know someone who is struggling with mental illness, depression or even suicide, please don’t be stationary.
YOU can change a life.
YOU can have a new life.
YOU are never alone.
            or visit for more information
or visit for more information

“I no longer fear…
…I stand here proud…
…a diagnosis isn’t the end.”
          James Thomas Simons


Popular posts from this blog

Clermont Home to Supercross Legends

By: Sarah Oulman
CLERMONT, Florida – Aldon Baker, one of the most well-known and successful trainers within the Supercross community, is currently training several of the sport’s top riders at his facility, which is located in the Clermont area. In an interview at this training facility, Baker gave a glimpse into what it is actually like to train these professional riders.             When I asked Baker about his journey to becoming a trainer in his field, he explained that he initially trained individuals, specifically bicyclists, using cardio and strength conditioning techniques. Baker’s cycling career brought him from his home in South Africa to America, and once in the United States, the brand Oakley steered him towards working with motorcycles.             Baker also explained that his elite training program did not come together quickly. According to the celebrity trainer, “The [conditioning and training] developed over time… It took 17 years to create the full training package”. …

LSSC Has a New Mascot

By David Housley
Lake Sumter State College was established in 1962, and for the first time since then, it’s finally getting a mascot! Dr. Claire Brady, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, confirmed that LSSC’s new mascot is a he, and LakeHawks will have the chance to meet him at each campus starting in April! The dates are: ·Sumter Center: Monday, April 1 ·Leesburg Campus: Wednesday, April 3