This time of year brings up a great deal of attention on the university life. Recent graduates are searching for jobs, high school seniors are enjoying their last summer before university and many young adults are returning to home life after a year at school. Needless to say, this period can be rife with transitional challenges, both for parents and their college-aged children.
While it is always important to make sure future, current and recent college students stay focused on their physical health, Safe Harbor Christian Counseling notes that it is especially important for these young adults to also tend to mental health. Counseling can really help students face a myriad of issues, find new solutions and ensure that they stay on the right track to building a strong academic lifestyle and grow into confident adults.
If you are a current, prospective or recent college student—or the parent of one—counseling can help with:
• Discovering Independence
For recent high school grads, the entrance into college can be rife with transitional challenges. If they are moving to a dorm and leaving the comfort of their parent’s home, it means having to get used to life without reliance on mom and dad. Family counseling can be a great way to embrace this natural change with positivity and ensure that support is still there. Through counseling, new college freshman can reset their intentions and make sure that they continue to make wise decisions in the new university atmosphere.
For recent graduates, there is a whole different type of independence that may require therapeutic help. While these students may have grown used to making decisions on their own, leaving college means having to face a heap of new responsibilities—such as finding living arrangements, socializing, getting a job and maintaining financial independence. While independence can be a wonderful thing, it can be entirely stressful to juggle these newfound obligations. Counseling can help many recent grads acclimate to adulthood and discover ways to handle life’s problems without losing a grip on mental health.
• Addiction Concerns
Parents—if you have yet to have the “drugs and alcohol talk” with your soon-to-be college freshman, now is the time do so. If your family has a history of alcoholism or substance abuse, it is important to explain that common college “experimentation” can come with its consequences. While young freshman may be faced with new opportunities to access drugs or alcohol, it is important for them to understand that such abuse—even if recreational—may not only interfere with academic performance, but also lead to addiction. If your high school student has already experienced problems with drinking or drug abuse, counseling can be a great way to remind them of how important sobriety in college is.
Students returning from college for the summer—or recent grads—may have discovered that the “party life” of college is no longer suitable outside of the campus atmosphere. Unfortunately, if they have become used to substance abuse, they may be leaving school with an addiction. If addiction is present, it is important to seek help immediately through recovery and counseling programs.
• Mental Health Changes
The external factors of college can certainly impact a young adult’s mental health in both positive and negative ways. However, it is also essential to acknowledge that this period of a student’s life also brings upon important changes in the body that can also have an impact on mental health.
For instance, chemical changes in the body can lead to depression and anxiety. Many students may attribute symptoms of these conditions to the pressures of college and leaving home; however, there may be other reasons for the shift in mental health. Fortunately, counseling and medical attention can help students achieve balance in these situations.
In addition, this is a period in which parents and students should stay aware of other serious mental health issues that can develop in one’s 20s. For example, bipolar disorder commonly develops among individuals during this period of life. With proper medication and counseling, students can face bipolar disorder and other mental health issues with confidence and stay focused on school matters. It is important to discuss the potential for these issues, particularly if one has a family history of any mental health problems.
Get Counseling You Can Trust
While college students are in a period of life in which they must make many important decisions, they do not have to worry about finding a trustworthy source of counseling if they are experiencing any mental health issues, like those mentioned above.
Safe Harbor Christian Counseling offers a variety of counseling services for young adults—and parents—who may be experiencing any mental health or transitional challenges. Our qualified staff is ready to provide help for your situation—just give us a call today at 1-800-305-2089 to learn more about our services and schedule a counseling appointment.