Mental Health Resources Every Student Needs to Know About
Thursday / November 12, 2020
With the pressures of college, COVID, the holidays and everyday life, mental health concerns are something to be aware of. Don’t suffer or feel like you are alone. Make sure you take your mental health seriously. There are resources available to help you through the tough times.
It is important to be aware and take care of yourself if you are having mental health issues. College students, who tend to lack real-world experience can have mental health issues from stress, overwork, or fatigue. Up to 75 percent of college students with possible mental health issues don’t seek help. Don’t become one of these stats.
Common Mental Health Issues Facing College Students
Part of knowing how to handle your mental health is to figure out what is ailing you. Here are some of the common mental health issues that you may be facing.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Struggles with Identity
Find what works for you and make sure to take time to destress. Some quick things to consider as a college student to destress are physical activity, sleep and diet changes and adjustments, psychiatric care, relaxation exercises, and therapy and counseling. What works for one person may not work for another so figure out what helps you the most.
Most colleges offer on-campus help or assistance for students. Marshalltown Community College has counselors who offer free, confidential counseling services for students. The Student Assistance Program is designed for short-term counseling, which typically means one to four sessions to identify a problem, set some goals, and work toward resolutions. Some students may need referrals for longer-term services based on the issues they’re facing. A counselor will discuss all options available. To schedule an appointment contact Nancy Adams in room 211, 641-844-5753.
Find the assistance that your college offers on their website or you can check with faculty and staff to direct you to on-campus support.
State Social and Health Services Site
Each state maintains a health and social services department with some having departments dedicated specifically to mental health. Iowa Department of Human Services is a great source to find not only mental health assistance but guidance for other state-related services you may be looking for. The Mental Health and Disability Services provides resources to help guide you in finding the help you need in Iowa.
Groups and Organizations
Some groups and organizations are recognized nationally that sponsor or hose mental health support groups. This is a great way to find others that may be struggling with the same mental health issues you are and will understand your concerns and worries. This offers you and them a chance to listen and be heard in a community setting.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- National Eating Disorder Association
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Mental Health America
- American Association of Suicidology
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Emotions Anonymous
- Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- Self-Mutilators Anonymous
Along with groups and organizations, you can also find a lot of online support groups. Make sure they are legitimate and recognized organizations.
Make sure to take care of yourself and seek the help that you need both mentally and physically for anything that is ailing you.