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How to Know When to Seek Mental Health Care

We’re a month or so into the semester and midterms are coming fast. You aren’t sleeping well, you get anxious thinking about your upcoming deadlines, and you feel like you’re drowning most of the time. This is normal for college, right?

Well… to an extent

College is hard. It’s stressful and sometimes overwhelming. You’re away from home for the first time. You’re sharing a room with someone you just met last month. And you’re juggling a million different projects, papers, and exams. It’s completely understandable to feel nervous, exhausted, and a little lost.

When you want to

You should seek mental health care when you want to. You don’t need to have a complete breakdown before you can seek care; in fact, you probably shouldn’t wait that long. If you’d like to see a mental health provider, then whatever is on your mind is valid and worthy of their time. Don’t tell yourself it isn’t.

When enough is enough

You should also seek mental health care when enough is enough. When you feel like it’s time, or when your stress begins to impact your quality of life, it’s time. This is hard because it’s subjective, and because we often put pressure on ourselves to perform well all the time, but you know yourself best.

I’ve decided to go. Now what?

Great! This is an awesome step to take for your wellness. If you’re a student at a four-year college or university, your school should have a counseling center that provides services for free or a low price. Call or visit them to see what their availability looks like. They may list their providers’ information on the school website, so take a look to see who you might work with best.

What if something prevents me from accessing mental health care?

Then you’re in the right place! Some students experience large barriers to mental health care access. That’s why we created UniWellness, a telemental health platform for college students in Virginia. Our platform helps when:

  • Your school’s counseling center has a long waitlist
  • Your class and activity schedule doesn’t accommodate your counseling center’s hours
  • You don’t want to go into your school’s counseling center
  • Your school’s counseling center doesn’t offer the specialty care you need
  • You don’t have access to transportation to seek care off-campus
  • You can’t find an off-campus provider with upcoming availability
  • You’d rather access care from your residence hall, apartment, or home

With UniWellness, all you need is a webcam, a microphone, and an internet-connected device to meet with a counselor or psychiatrist at a time and location that work for you. Our mental health professionals are licensed in Virginia and have experience working with college students. They understand the stress of change and transition, the pressure to perform well, and the emotions of leaving home for the first time. And they’re ready to support you through it all.

You won’t be put on a weeks-long waitlist, you won’t need a car to get to your appointment, and you won’t be limited to regular business hours. Schedule an appointment with one of our counselors, then tune in using your computer, tablet, or mobile device. It’s that easy.

Click here to schedule an appointment with one of our providers!

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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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