College often is an exciting, new experience for many students. New places, new friends, new challenges. With all of these changes, students can often experience different emotions, ranging from stress, to excitement, to anxiety, to depression. These emotions, at a normal level, are expected with all of the changes in the student’s life. Although some students do begin to experience more elevated levels of stress, anxiety, or depression. Counseling and Psychological Services is here on campus to help those students who feel that they need help or would like to talk about these emotions.
A student’s mental health is very important and he/she should not be afraid to speak up and seek out help. I, personally, have been dealing with anxiety for over 5 years and SDSU’s Counseling and Psych Services has helped me out tremendously. Many students often stress about school work, lack of money, relationships, family, and work. 37% of SDSU students thought that they needed mental help, but only 31% of those students actually received treatment. One statistic that stood out to me was that 30% of SDSU students did not even know that SDSU offered counseling and psychological help. (All statistics are taken from SDSU’s “Health Minds Study”.) Students are invited to take full advantage of this FREE service. Students should not be afraid to speak up and get help for their mental health. Many students experience these feelings and can be taken care of.
The SDSU Counseling and Psychological Services building is located on the fourth floor of CalpulliCenter (near the big grass field). They offer a number of services including one-on-one counseling, workshops, couples counseling, and a “Center for Well Being” room. The Counseling and Psychological Services office is available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Their website has a number of resources for students and parents to use, including an online assessment, off-campus resource contacts, and special programs.
Students experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety, dealing with substance abuse, or dealing with the loss of a loved one are recommended to check out the Counseling and Psychological Services (C&PS) website at http://www.sa.sdsu.edu/cps/index.html. Students can take the online assessment to gauge the severity of their feelings and can then call to schedule a phone conversation with a counselor. The counselor will then make an appointment to meet at the C&PS center. Anyone considering harming themselves or others, please contact emergency personnel immediately.
Blog written by Tyler Daher, Student Life and Leadership- Student Contributor