Students attend the inauguration of a new center for mental health at USEK in Kaslik, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The term "mental health" can conjure feelings of heaviness or secrecy the weight of a topic not to be discussed openly. But a new center at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) looks to help change that. The center which will provide free mental health services to all USEK students is the brainchild of Nadine Zalaket, the head of USEK's psychology department. She said it could help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Tracey Diab, an occupational psychology student at USEK, said the center is a "first step" to addressing mental health on campus. Still, Merhi said, interest in the center has been expressed largely by female students.One of the male students at Monday's launch, Michel Fadlallah, an architecture student at USEK, offered some perspective into the gender imbalance.
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