Written by Marc Lehman,
Owner of U ARE HEARD LLC
As a parent, you always want to ensure that your young adult child is healthy and happy. When your child is going to college, you want to make sure that they are receiving all the support and care they need to succeed. When it comes to the emotional well-being of your child, it is important to be aware of the mental health services offered on campus. Mental health issues are prevalent among college students, and it’s crucial that parents are well informed and prepared to help their children, if needed. In this blog, we’ll discuss what parents need to know about mental health services offered on college campuses.
Mental Health Needs of College Students
College can be a stressful time for young adults, with academic pressure, social changes, and expectations of the future. Many students are away from family and friends for the first time, and they may find themselves struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 75% of mental health conditions emerge by age 24. Thus, it is critical that parents and students are aware of the mental health services that are available on campuses.
Types of Mental Health Services Offered
Colleges and universities offer different types of mental health services to their students. These services may include counseling centers, support groups, workshops on mental health issues, and crisis management. Most schools also have a mental health hotline that students can call in case of emergency.
How to Access Mental Health Services
It’s important to note that each school may have a different procedure for accessing these services. Parents and students should research the mental health resources that are available on campus and learn how to access them. Some schools require a referral from a primary care physician, while others allow students to schedule appointments directly. It’s best to know the process ahead of time, so your child can easily access help, when required.
Confidentiality is crucial when it comes to mental health issues. Parents should understand that mental health professionals on campus are bound by legal and ethical guidelines, which require them to protect students’ privacy. Thus, your child’s conversations with these professionals will be kept confidential. As a parent, it’s important to respect your child’s privacy, while still showing that you care and are available for support.
Communication with Your Child
Finally, it’s important to foster open communication with your child. Pay attention to any signs of mental health issues, and encourage your child to seek help, if needed. Remember that mental health issues should be taken seriously, and seeking help is a sign of strength. You can also stay informed about the different mental health resources offered on your child’s campus and remind your child that these options are always available.
Going away to college can be overwhelming, for both parents and students. While you can’t be there for your child, at every moment, you can ensure that they have access to the mental health resources they may need. By communicating with your child about the mental health services offered on their campus, you can help them stay healthy and happy, no matter what challenges they may face. So, be proactive, stay informed, and always remind your child that they are not alone – help is always available.