Transitioning to college presents new, exciting experiences for many. It’s a time to try new things, experience individual freedom and responsibility, and grow as an individually academically, socially and personally. Along with the excitement, however, it’s normal to feel anxiety or struggle with the challenges these experiences bring. College students feel stress from exams, jobs, homework, relationships and social dynamics every day, and adding a pandemic into the mix only presents more uncertainty. No matter what, though, it’s completely ok to struggle at times, and even more so, completely ok to reach out for help.
Whether you’ve just got something on your mind and need extra support through a difficult time, or are struggling with chronic mental illness, South Dakota State features private, free counseling opportunities to all students through the SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services office in the Miller Wellness Center.
These opportunities for conversation and growth can include individual, group or couple’s therapy, as well as access to an emotional support animal. SHCCS also has group sessions for specific needs, including anxiety and grief group sessions as well as the Coping with COVID-19 (without going crazy) Group.
Why is counseling a great move for you? For one thing, it’s not a severe medication saved for the worst problems. Counseling is like a tuneup, and in a period of life where uncertainty is the name of the game, self-improvement and awareness is always a positive step in the right direction.
Still unsure? The stigma of mental health can be daunting, but bringing the conversation into the open can be a great first step. If you’ve experienced any (but not limited to) of the following, visiting with SHCCS could be the right move:
- Sleeping problems
- Appetite changes
- Problems focusing
- Poor self-esteem
- Feelings of loneliness
- Adjustment issues
- Relationship issues
- Substance issues
- Thoughts of suicide
To set up an appointment, simply call 605-688-6145. SHCCS is provided at no charge for registered students.