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When to Seek Mental Health Counseling in College

During my time in college, I frequently heard a terrifyingly common misconception:  something must be “wrong” before a student can seek mental health counseling services.

Many of my peers truly believed that breakups, failed classes, and deaths in the family were the only circumstances that warranted a trip to the counseling center.

I’m here to tell you that that’s not true.

The wonderful thing about counseling is that it can be used to help with anything going on in your life! So how do you know when to seek counseling?

When you are experiencing a life transition, such as moving away from home for the first time. Change is great, but it’s also scary. Talking to a counselor can help you process your feelings about this big change in your life.

When you are experiencing anxiety. Excessive worry can disrupt your day-to-day life and prevent you from doing things you enjoy. Counseling can help you identify your negative thoughts and change them into positive ones.

When you are using drugs or alcohol to cope. It can be difficult to cope with the stress that comes with being in college. Some ways of coping are healthier than others. If you’ve found yourself using drugs or alcohol to cope, it may be time to see a counselor to develop healthier coping skills.

When you are feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, or stuck. These feelings can disrupt your daily activities and quality of life. If you’ve been feeling like this for longer than two weeks, you may benefit from talking about it with a professional.

When you are faced with a major life decision. Counselors can offer unique perspectives and help you think through and weigh all of your options. Talking through your decision with an unbiased third party is a great way to achieve more clarity and confidence.

When you think you should. If something in your gut is telling you to seek help, listen to it. It never hurts to try.

From stressful courseloads to roommate tensions and beyond, there are many different reasons to seek counseling services during your time in college. Luckily, nothing is too insignificant for counseling.

The UniWellness team hopes that you’ll take advantage of your school’s counseling services and schedule an appointment today.



Our goal is to reduce barriers by connecting students to mental health care whenever and wherever because every person matters and every illness hurts

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