Mental Health... That's It... That's The Blog.
“We don’t talk about mental health, we don’t deal with it. For generations, we’ve been told it’s a weakness, to pray our problems away – and that’s just not gonna cut it.” - Taraji P. Henson
Let's just rip the band-aid right off...
College will shake you physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally
There, I said it,
It's hell most times, just like a lot in life, and you will have times when you feel depressed and anxious and confused and out of body BUT -- there are resources!
On Campus Resources:
*Disclaimer* counseling is a medical tool just like any other doctors office, the only difference is that these professionals cater to your mind and spirit. DO NOT let the stigma of it seeming "crazy" or "extreme" steer you away from getting what you need.
Your university includes your medical needs in your tuition and offer "free" (or "already paid for") counseling sessions to students. Take advantage of this resource, even if it's only once a week. You never know how useful talking to someone other than your friends and family can be in helping you recharge regain a sense of peace.
There's a chance that there's an organization on your campus that promotes health and community. Sometimes just having a space to talk and listen can be just as medicinal and beneficial to your mental and emotional well-being
Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides extensive resources on their websites and can talk to students or refer them to local therapists, groups, and medical help.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) have numerous offices and representatives across the country that cater to your needs and help you throughout the entire process. Just call the one closest to you and they'll help!
Pacifica (soon to be known as Sanvello) is an app you can download on your phone for free (or premium pricing) that is geared towards monitoring mental health. You check in daily or however often you choose. There are exercises and features you can access that help with your anxiety and emotions and they even have anonymous chat rooms where you can lend and receive advice and comfort. This is probably the best for those who aren't completely comfortable with face to face interaction.
Bottom line: take care of yourself!
There are plenty of resources at hand, use them!
Favor, Peace & Blessings