Trying to do it all is not uncommon for the average college student of today. Students find themselves committed to organizations, volunteering, part-time jobs and schoolwork to say nothing of their social lives. Brandon Henderson was no exception. In addition to his position as Student Government Association (SGA) President, he was investing his time into the issue of mass incarceration and organizing campus events related to social justice. Like many students, he began to realize that his mental health couldn't keep up with his busy schedule.
“I kind of rigged the game against myself,” he says. “There was no way I could meet the expectations I’d set for myself, so when I didn’t it just reinforced my negative feelings.”
His decision to step away from the role of SGA President was a difficult one, but a crucial step in putting his mental health first. Henderson hopes that his story inspires other students to focus on their own health and find the right balance for their lives.