"I am a student struggling with depression and anxiety. School, for me, was the place for me to be social and get an education. It was a distraction for me. A healthy one. A place for me to talk to my classmates, meet new people, learn new things and not think about the negative things in life. I love it! I am supposed to be graduating with a Degree in June. I never thought I’d be getting a Degree because I didn’t think I was capable of it yet here I am in my fourth and final year. And I am so proud of myself for it. Nevertheless, I was ready to finish the year and go into the “real” world. Now I’m just sitting around (literally) waiting for this strike to be over. Since this has been going on for so long, it has triggered me. I keep wondering if I’ll be able to finish the semester (get back into it once it’s over), if I’ll graduate or if I’ll graduate on time. It is these “unknowns” that are triggering me. Yes, I can tell myself everything will be alright and that the school is doing everything they can. And yes the school has reassured us relentlessly. But, as anyone with anxiety knows, you can’t just stop these thoughts. As a result, this has become an added stressor in my life. The longer the strike goes on, the worse my mental health gets. Mental health is equally as important as physical health. I hope this strike ends soon."