HOW DOES MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AFFECT COLLEGE STUDENTS?
For college students, it is quite a feat to balance everything from five classes, to jobs and a social life. All of this pressure can lead to deterioration of a student’s mental and/or physical health and it is important for students to know about the services and opportunities available on campus to help them.
One student, Julie Householder, has been dealing with physical and mental health issues throughout college and decided to take the rest of the semester off to heal a couple of weeks ago. She says she used to work multiple jobs during the semester but eventually simple tasks like getting to class on time started to take a lot of effort.
“My physical health has significantly impacted my ability to do work,” says Householder. “No matter how well you plan to get all of your work done on time, if you have multiple days where you are feeling too ill to study, work really piles up and there is nothing you can really do about it.”
According to Psychology Today, in 2014, 1 in 3 students reported prolonged periods of depression. In addition to that, 1 in 7 students reported in engaging in abnormally reckless behavior because of these symptoms. So, it is surprising that the issues of mental and physical health in students aren’t brought up and dealt with more if that many students are suffering.
“I think it’s important for students to know that they are not alone. I know it can sometimes feel like that especially when many people don’t talk about what they are going through and with social media. Counseling has really worked for me. Regardless of what your ego makes you feel, it is OK to reach out to get help,” says Householder.
Householder says on-campus services like the Counseling Center have really helped her and have been a great resource for her during her years at Flagler.
“Recognizing you need some additional support and moving towards receiving it, isn’t anything to feel ashamed about, you are simply just prioritizing your health.”
Flagler College offers counseling services for emotional wellness, family matters, and anxiety relating to school. Students can make appointments with counselors free of charge and meet with counselors every other week. Through these appointments, the counseling center makes sure to give each student undivided attention to make sure the student is benefitting fully.
“I would love to see Flagler offer additional programs and develop academic policies towards supporting students living with mental and physical health conditions on campus.”
Mental health days have been a new trend in the workplace recently. In the past year, multiple articles have come out stating how more CEOs are now treating mental health days like sick days. These days are important because employers want their employees to be operating at full and bring their best work to the table.
“Spend time learning how to meet your health needs,” say Householder. “I think it is really important to find healthy outlets for living with anxiety and depression.”
Householder said she want people to see this information and said, “If this article helps just one person, it’s worth it to me.”