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Religion and mental health go hand-in-hand

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Jarvis Hall is home to the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

Jarvis Hall is not just a space for offices and classrooms; it’s a vibrant hub for fostering religious and spiritual connections among students.

Around 40% of the student population participates in religious organizations. At Jarvis, students have a place to make connections with those with similar faiths.

Dania Ahmed, a sophomore nursing major, emphasizes the supportive atmosphere within Jarvis Hall.

“We often go in there, me and my friends and my non-Muslim friends also, if we’re ever just having a rough day or class is just really hard,” Ahmed said. “They usually have snacks or food, and their workers comfort us, letting us know that having faith can help you overcome things.”

TCU hosts twenty religious organizations on campus, including TCU Wesley United Methodist, which gathers every Wednesday at the Wesley Building. Lexi Pepper, a senior entrepreneurship and innovation major, highlighted TCU Wesley’s positive impact on mental health.

“My mental health is always way better whenever I’m coming here regularly. There’s, of course, the power of being more connected to my faith and taking more time for that, but also the power of being around such kind and loving people all the time,” Pepper said. 

Rev. Todd Boling, the university chaplain, emphasized the role of these communities in supporting students mentally and academically.  

“I think our religious communities, our spiritual communities at TCU, are a huge part of that. When we’re with people who share commonalities with, who we share core beliefs, then we feel less alone,” Boling said.

TCU recognizes the diversity of students’ faith journeys and offers numerous religious communities to guide them.

Students can visit the office of Religious and Spiritual life website to learn more about religious communities on campus.

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