Current research indicates that mental health issues most commonly appear in young people. With this fact in mind, it is especially important for young people to be educated and well informed about mental health issues. This includes understanding predispositions, triggers, symptoms, and resources for support and treatment. This is especially important to understand before kids head off to university; where most likely they are experiencing independence for the first time.
There is so much to look forward to when heading off to university but young people need to be aware of that fact that there is a lot of transition, change, and responsibility that goes along with it. This major transition can create an unexpected upheaval in an environment of stress and worry which can lead to mental health problems. If students aren’t prepared for this possibility and are unaware of how to detect and deal with mental health issues, their problems are more likely to become worse than they need to be. Most students are not even aware of the multitude of support resources that many (if not all) universities have. Seeking help right at the get-go can be so crucial for an individual’s well-being.
So what needs to be acknowledged about mental health before kids go to university? Students need to know that mental health issues are very common among their age group, can sometimes be serious, but are highly treatable. They should know about and be aware of the possible warning signs and not to ignore or deny them! Some of these signs can include:
“True strength is not pretending that everything is OK when it’s not. It’s being able to say these three words when necessary: I need help.”
To learn more about this topic, check out David Sack’s article “The Talk You Must Have Before Your Child Goes to College”.