There is a very quiet but serious problem going on with many college students at Westminster and all over the United States. Many of us keep mental health issues quiet and to ourselves. It's a broad area of concern that includes anxiety, depression, diagnosed and undiagnosed disorders, and so much more. It seems in recent years, so many new pressures weigh on us as undergraduates—consider the stress and strains with the recent lockdowns with the pandemic.
What's When it comes to mental health, you can't necessarily see the toll it's taking on someone's mind and body. I know this because I have struggled with it, and many friends of mine have also struggled with emotional and mental challenges. What many people fail to see is the slow effect it has on someone. In the beginning, you can just shrug it off, but the next thing you know, it's causing you to fall behind in school, and you don't want to do things you normally enjoy doing.
I had the opportunity to talk to one particular student on campus who shared their own battle with mental health about college students' ongoing mental health issues. The person has requested to remain anonymous.
"Mental Health is a huge problem today, especially for college students because they already have a lot on their plate," they said. "The problem with most people is they are too embarrassed to tell someone or to get help, and that's when it gets dangerous."
I know from my personal experience that it is embarrassing to ask for help, but people are here for a reason, especially those who care about you.
On-campus, we have many recourses for us. Those resources include Wellness Center goes beyond providing medical care. The staff there provides services for psychological and emotional health.
The Chapel Office also supports students with outreach nurturing spiritual well-being.
The Office of Disability Services provides support to promote advocacy and awareness of disability issues that include emotional and learning issues.
And don’t forget about the Academic Success Center. The team there offers individual and group tutoring. They have some excellent tutors and provide guidance with writing; they can help you learn skills and habits for time management and even offer to coach for peer success.
The Office of Diversity Services staff promotes a positive environment on campus with its mission to advance diversity and inclusion.
Peer groups, teams, clubs, and other social groups can help you get involved and network socially. Our staff at McGill Library can guide students with help using databases and conducting research. You can meet with a librarian and consult on your projects and papers.
And our professors and coaches are also helpful in guiding us through rough patches, so take advantage of their online office hours and their offers to answer questions or help.
All of these resources and the people involved are there for you when you need them. If your struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help because it always gets better.