My oldest has recently left for college and I wanted to assure him and others that we must manage our stress. At times we will feel the pressure of completing assignments or just trying to make the deadline of an upcoming projects. But it is important to manage our time. I remember feeling the shortness of breath which is the beginning of a panic attack and I knew I had to get things under control. I notice my breathing and began to meditate. Help is there for all college students who are feeling the pressure of assignments etc so reach out to your college counseling center for help. Unfortunately, several college counseling centers have a waiting list. According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) reported that ” nearly 8 percent increase in the number of students seeking mental health services” (Novotney, 2014, APA).
The University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center launched its ” Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) program which delivers helps to students suffering from anxiety disorders. This consist of a several modules our a period of seven weeks that “teach students to observe their anxiety, live one day at a time and face their fears” ( Novotney, 2014, APA). Students talk to the counselors for 10-12 min via video conference and complete homework through an app. They are also sent reminders via text messaging.
More counseling centers are reaching out to students and faculty via staff training and outreach programs that includes suicide, sexual violence and drug prevention programs. For instance, at Aurora University has delivered presentations to the faculty on ways to detect distress among students and ways to intervene while referring them for mental health services. According to the Journal of Mental Health Disease, at least 78% of the students with mental health issues receive help from their loved ones, friends and other non professional support. It is important that colleges work with other organizations that support mental health issues and help to remove the stigma. For instance, the Active Minds is an organizations that dedicated to send 1,100 donated “silent packing via backpacks” which represents the number of students who die by suicide every year. Finally, it is important that everyone from faculty, students realize that they need to play a role in mental health.
Novotney, A. (2014). Students under pressure. College and university counseling centers are examining how best to serve the growing numbers of students seeking their services. American Psychological Association. Vol 45. No.8.