Mental health is an issue that all college students will face, either through direct experience or through that of a friend or acquaintance.
Itís better to start early, so visit Tuttleman Counseling Center during walk-in hours to get started. Students need to learn stress management techniques that can help them throughout college to manage stress levels.
College can be an exciting time, though for some it can be overwhelming and stressful. Depression, anxiety, substance use, and eating disorders are common mental health issues on college campuses.
According to a 2008 American College Health Association survey, within the last 12 months, 30 percent of students reported feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function and 49 percent felt overwhelming anxiety. In additional, 10 percent of students also reported being diagnosed or treated for depression and more than six percent seriously considered suicide.
Major depression increases the likelihood of substance abuse, impairs functioning at school; and influences an individualís subsequent development in negative ways. Depression can also co-occur with other disorders, including physical illnesses and other mental disorders, such as anxiety and eating disorders.
If you have a friend who seems to be struggling with mental health issues, please encourage them to seek help through Tuttleman Counseling Services. You may also want to speak to a professional at Wellness Resource Center to help you plan how to best deal with the situation. Finally, remember that these resources are also here to support you.