Many of us support college students of ALL kinds. And now that the school year is well underway, our loved ones may be finding the newness and excitement starting to wear off, the workload may be getting heavier, and feelings of homesickness may be on the rise.
The transition to adulthood and newly gained independence can make this a trying time for anyone. Adding a learning challenge, brain difference or mental illness to the mix can intensify the feeling of being alone.
Thankfully, they’re not alone. NAMI and the Jed Foundation have published a guide called Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health. As this guide shows, there are plenty of campus resources available to support students with mental health challenges. The key is to be aware of what’s available, keep the lines of communication open, establish new connections, and have a plan in place to deal with the unexpected.
We love following the important work of The Jed Foundation. They’re working hard to help with the transition to adulthood while protecting emotional health and preventing suicide. Check them out for valuable tools and information to “empower teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.”
And for parents, here’s a seven-step checklist to help make sure your student is prepared for college.
Ultimately, our young adults’ success IS up to them. But it’s also important for them to know they’re not alone. Having a strong support team in place both at home and on campus can be critical to that success.
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