Transitioning to college is an exciting time for many students. Now, more than ever due to the upheaval many students are feeling due to COVID-19 shutdowns, this transition can also be scary, challenging, and stressful. Stress can develop from economic uncertainty, curriculum and learning delivery changes, academic pressure, relationship changes, lack of sleep, and becoming more independent. Stress can affect mental health and impact school, and even day to day living. “Student mental health has long been a high priority at Washington State,” said Ellen Taylor, associate vice president for student engagement. “We want to make sure all students are aware of the services we have available, how to access them and provide them with assistance as quickly as possible. We also want students to know that everyone needs help now and then; it’s just a part of being human.”
Here are a few resources to help your students while they’re at WSU!
- Every Coug has access to our campus mental health resources. Cougar Health Services provides a free and confidential online mental health screening, which provides recommendations for on campus resources to support your mental wellness.
- We offer Mental Health First Aid and Campus Connect trainings, where participants learn how to identify mental illnesses, intervene during a crisis, and support themselves and others. WSU also has guides for helping students in distress.
- WSU is following the JED approach to develop campus-wide collaboration for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
- To receive updates on WSU’s mental health efforts, subscribe to Cougar Health Services News.
To help your students coping with stress, you can encourage your students to:
- Spend time with friends and family
- Participate in activities he/she enjoys
- Eat a healthy meal
- Exercise regularly
- Take breaks from studying to rest and recharge
- Get a good night of sleep