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Navigating Mental Health Challenges in College: Seeking Support

In this era of curated social media, a global pandemic, and a world filled with uncertainties, many individuals find themselves grappling with mental health issues. According to NAMI, over 40 million adults in the US had an anxiety disorder in 2017, a number likely exacerbated by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The college experience, already fraught with stress and unpredictability, can intensify these challenges.

My own journey through the first year of college introduced me to mental health struggles, prompting a realization that suffering in silence hindered the path to recovery. Asking for help became my initial step towards improvement. Yet, despite the prevalence of mental health concerns among students, a Student Voice survey (Inside Higher Ed; 2021) revealed that only 15% of students utilized college-offered counseling services, showcasing a reluctance to seek help.

Challenges in Seeking Help:

  1. Stigma: Despite the prevalence of mental health issues (52.9 million Americans in 2020), societal stigmas persist, fostering fear and inhibiting acknowledgment of mental health challenges.
  2. Lack of Affordable Resources: With 11.1% of Americans with mental illness lacking insurance, the financial barrier further deters individuals from seeking professional help.

How to Overcome Barriers and Seek Help:

  1. Utilize College Resources: Many campuses offer low-cost or free mental health services. Contact your college’s mental health services to explore available treatment options or inquire about outside resources if there’s a waiting list.
  2. Build a Supportive Community: Share your challenges with a trusted group or individual. Strength lies in community, and opening up to those you trust can be a vital step.
  3. Crisis Hotlines: Don’t hesitate to use crisis hotlines, available 24/7 through text, phone, or webchat. These helplines provide immediate support and intervention.

Additional Resources:

College Resources:

  • Always check with college counseling and mental health services for low-cost or free options.

BIPOC Mental Health Resources:

  • Explore resources tailored to diverse cultural backgrounds, such as the Asian Mental Health Collective, Black Emotional & Mental Health, and more.

Suicide Prevention:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+ youth): 1-866-488-7386
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text ‘HOME’ to 741741

Hotlines (Free):

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • The StrongHearts Native Helpline: 1−844-762-8483
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Text (Free):

  • Crisis Text Line: Text ‘HOME’ to 741741
  • Disaster Distress Text Line: Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746

Tools, Worksheets & Exercises:

  • Teen’s Health: Coping skills, exercises, and readings on various issues.
  • Therapist Aid: Free therapy tools, worksheets, and handouts.

Remember, prioritizing mental health is an ongoing process, and seeking help is a courageous step toward well-being.