"I stand up for students with mental health concerns because we're a community, and we care for all our members." - Ryan Moton, Area Coordinator of Ontario Hall & Writers House
Letter from Clinical Director, Beth Cholette
The college years can be an exciting time, a period filled with much growth and discovery. For some, however, these years of transition can also be a time of turmoil. In addition to the stressors of normal college life, a considerable number of college students struggle with more serious psychological issues: for example, overwhelming feelings of anxiety, worried thoughts, and panic; feelings of sadness and depression which may disrupt eating and sleeping habits; and serious thoughts of suicide.
It is important that these emotional concerns be taken seriously, as they can significantly interfere with a student’s ability to function, both academically and socially. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control. It is important to remember that help IS available—through family members, friends, professors, and other resources on campus, including Health and Counseling Services. Asking for help is definitely not a sign of weakness; it's a show of tremendous strength, as it indicates that one has the courage to face difficult life situations and to try to solve them.
On these pages, you will find instructions on how to respond to a psychological emergency situation, questions you can ask to find out if you or someone you know is at risk for suicide or depression (under “Suicide Prevention”), information about other common mental health issues, suggestions for how to help a friend who is distressed, and more. Please browse through this site to educate yourself about the resources available for addressing mental health issues in general and preventing suicide in particular. You never know when you—or a friend—may be in need of help.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Beth Cholette, Ph.D.
Clinical Director for Counseling Services