Adulthood often begins with a series of transitions. These may include
heading off to college, entering the workforce, marriage, children,
divorce, job changes, or a job loss. Each of these transitions can bring
added stressors and uncertainty. In addition to dealing with such life
changing events, mental illnesses often strike during the prime of an
individual’s life such as during the late teen years or when an
individual is in their early twenties.
The following resources may help:
Active Minds is working to utilize the student voice to change the
conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and
supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education,
and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase
students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and
resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students
to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between
students and the mental health community.
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses throughout North America.
For more information please visit www.activeminds.org.
Starting college can be both exciting and stressful. You’re juggling
classes, living on your own for the first time and figuring out what you
want out of life. It’s no surprise that many freshmen feel overwhelmed.
One way to fight stress and feel at home in your new surroundings is to
connect to other students and the larger campus community. To help,
Mental Health America has put together a fact-sheet outlining the
benefits of getting active, and staying active in your college
Here are some suggestions for incoming students:
Sometimes stress is unavoidable. Mental Health America urges students to take time out of their busy new lifestyles and consider these symptoms:
If these symptoms persist, they can’t go unchecked. Extended feelings of hopelessness and an inability to cope could indicate a more serious condition like depression or anxiety. For more information, visit the Mental Health America website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net.