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What are the best ways to help college students access mental health care? 

College students listening attentively to a professor giving a lecture
Engaged college students participating in a lecture led by a professor.

The mental health of college students is crucial to their well-being. Unfortunately, we witness many students suffering from mental health issues such as depression, stress, burnout, and anxiety. Having to deal with this can negatively impact a student's academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and overall quality of life. Therefore, college students must prioritize their physical, mental, and social well-being and remain active, engaged, and healthy.

Generation Z's battle against mental illnesses 

Approximately 45% of Gen Zs report that their men­tal health is coherent or excel­lent. According to a recent survey, unlike GenZ, other generations fared bet­ter, which involved groups such as Mil­len­ni­als (56%), Gen Xers (51%), and Boomers (70%). While Gen ­Z has been known to be the most depressed gen­er­a­tion, mem­bers of this group ranging from the years (1997-2012) are more like­ly than their aged peers to seek out mental health guidance or remedy.

Gen Z faces habitual stress from numerous fac­tors includ­ing school shoot­ings, stu­dent debt, unemployment, and even politics. Tech­nol­o­gy plays a part, too. Grow­ing up in a hyperactive- con­nect­ed world can raise dreadful feel­ings of lone­li­ness in some youth. It can also fuel a constant bombardment of neg­a­tive news narratives, a dread of miss­ing out, and shame in stumbling low on a social media-wor­thy benchmark.

Mental health services for college students: Where to seek help?

Especially for college students who often face unique challenges, seeking mental health treatment is a crucial step toward well-being. Knowing where to turn for support is important whether you are struggling with academic pressure, personal relationships, or the transition to adulthood. Here are some options to consider:

Talk to someone: 

 It's very important to inform someone how you feel as this may give you an immediate sense of relief. You could talk to:

1. friend  

2. A family member  

3. College mentor/professor 

4. counsellor  

5. doctor  

A college mentor may also be suitable to help you get in contact with the college or other counseling services.

College counseling services:

Many colleges have a free and private in-house counseling service you can access with professionally suitable counselors. You can generally dig out what they offer and how to make an appointment in the counseling service section of your college's website. This free service in colleges is obtainable to both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Student-led cells or organizations:

 Many college students' cells also offer student-led services. Although these students involved are not professional counselors, you may care to talk about matters such as anxiety and depression with another student.

College student standing in a library, reading or flipping through a book
College student immersed in academic pursuits at the library.

How can college students focus on well-being and resilience?

1. Setting practical, possible, and measurable aspirations:

 It's a good way to promote self-efficacy. Setting pretensions should be motivating, and one way to accelerate motivation (and minimize feeling tension or ‘failure’) is to set sub-goals and lower and attainable related targets.

2. Deducing and avoiding negative self-talk:

As well as diligently exercising positive self-talk, it is a major tool for building self-esteem. Self-talk is basically an inner reflection on one's capability and image and can greatly impact self-esteem and perceptions about individual capability.

3. Developing and concentrating on interpersonal skills:

Specifically, mastering how to immerse people from different backgrounds is an extravagant tool for young people that will improve self-esteem and capability to conserve personal and fulfilling connections.

College students attending lecture or seminar.
Students actively participating in a lecture or seminar, seeking knowledge and growth.


College students deserve to have access to reliable and effective mental health services. It is essential that institutions provide easily accessible and affordable mental health support on campus. Through an increased understanding of college student's mental health needs and increased funding for mental health care, college students can receive the support they need to succeed and thrive during their college years and beyond. You can contact experienced counselors and therapists from Project C Foundation if you have any questions or inquiries about treatments or services.

Therapists/Counsellors from Project C Foundation:

Specialization: Anxiety Management, Stress Management, Depression, Panic Attacks, Self Confidence And Self Esteem Issues, Self Care And Self Love, Relationship Issues, Adolescent Mental Health.

Specialization: Interpersonal Relationships, Marital Counselling, Personal Management, Stress Management, Personality Development, Effective Communication Skills, and Group Therapy.

Author - Larissa Alphonso Edited By: Sadaf Iqbal


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