The Fall school semester is here or approaching quickly, no matter which state you reside. For some teenagers and young adults, it will be the beginning of their first year in college. Being accepted and attending college is no small feat, and it is an accomplishment worth being proud of. However, it goes without saying that a significant number of students will have more on their plate than just schoolwork.
For students who are living with a mental health disorder, such as depression, a number of challenges may arise during the school year as compared to their peers. Failing to stay on top of one’s mental illness in stressful environments (i.e. college), can result in disaster. Those who do not receive counseling and/or have access to medications for keeping a mental health disorder in check are at great risk. It is not uncommon for those with untreated mental illness to engage in self-harming behaviors, and many will turn to illicit drugs or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate.
College Mental Health Service
Institutes of higher learning have stepped up their efforts in recent years to provide adequate mental health counseling services. Colleges were able to do so because of federal funding from the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, according to U.S. News & World Report. The bill, which was recently reauthorized, aims to:
- Reduce Mental Health Treatment Stigma
- Encourage Students to Seek Help
- Prevent Suicide
Whether the bill has been effective, or more people just happen to be in need of mental health counseling of late, in recent years more students have been taking advantage of campus counseling services, the article reports. Ben Locke, the executive director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University, notes that a remarkable amount of resources has been used to encourage students to seek mental health services.
“The utilization of counseling centers in the last five years has grown, on average, 30 to 40 percent,” Locke said.
First Year Students
If you or your child is heading off to college for the first time, and there is a history of mental illness, it is paramount that preemptive measures be taken to ensure that the level of care needed is available. If it isn’t, one will need to look to local psychiatric providers to receive continued care.
“Don’t wait until the last minute to arrange for services on campus, because they may not be available at the level you want,” Locke points out. “So if you know you’re coming into a college environment with these needs, plan ahead. Work with the mental health providers on campus to help identify treatment in the community that will span your academic career – and do that in advance, rather than waiting until something goes wrong.”
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