As a college student, I know that there are so many issues we deal with from tuition bills, rent, gas, food, classes, work, time management, wondering if we should work more on our social life, relationships, I could go on and on. The one thing no one really talk about are the mental health issues so many of us are plagued with. It is such a taboo subject which is unfortunate. I know that people do not want to be stigmatized because they have a disability be it physical, learning, and/or psychological. I work in the Office of Disability Services on my campus and I am knowledgeable about the issues that students deal with behind close doors and sometimes not so privately. What about those who are able to keep their emotions and issues under wraps? How do we reach out to them and let them know that they are not alone and that someone cares, and help is always available. I am a very private person and there is so much that I do not open up about, but I would like to think that if I was in dire need I could.would be brave enough to speak up. Then again, I am not sure how I would handle such a situation and will not know unless it was to come up.
Here are some links to consider:
Active Minds Inc.
Send Silence Packing
Suicide Prevention ---1.8000.273.TALK
*Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students
**1 in 10 students seriously consider attempting suicide
***Silence and stigma keep young people from seeking the care they need. A range of mental health services and treatments exist.
NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!!!!