College Mental Health Services
College marks a new stage of life. Upon embarking on this journey, many students find themselves stressed out and even combating symptoms of diagnosed depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ADD/ADHD. Additionally, with the heightened academic atmosphere comes exposure to drugs and party culture. All that said, your school’s mental health services can potentially make or break your college experience.
Some things to keep in mind when checking out what mental health services a college offers:
General availability Does the school offer regular therapy? While most colleges offer therapy to their students, most offer only short-term therapy and are unprepared to work with students with longer term issues like bipolar disorder or an eating disorder. Is there a psychiatrist on staff? Are they prepared for emergency appointments?
Specialized services Do they have a substance abuse program? Is there ample support for victims of sexual assault or sexual trauma? Is there a nutritionist on campus?
Types of resources Do they offer group therapy or support groups? Are workshops available? Is there peer counseling?
Limits on Appointments Is there a limit to the number of appointments? Are appointments free to students? If not, what’s the additional cost?
Off Campus Support How many therapists are within walking distance of campus? Do they take your parents’ or the campus’ health insurance plan? While this might not seem relevant, this is an important consideration to make in the event that on campus services aren’t working for you.
Health Insurance If you’ll be using the student health insurance plan, does it cover mental health services? What’s the copay? Are there doctors in the area that take that insurance?