College is a time when students experience substantial change and growth. While it can be an exciting time, it is a period when students can experience a significant amount of stress. For many students, it may be the first time that they have lived away from their families, the academics may be more difficult than what they experienced in high school and they may feel pressure to fit in. Further, it is a time when students are developing greater intimacy in their relationships than they have in the past. Additionally, students have multiple responsibilities to "juggle" and they may have a difficult time prioritizing their responsibilities. These stressful circumstances can become worse when students drink or use drugs in excess, are sleep deprived, and do not eat healthy or exercise.
Answers from a Mental Health Expert
In a recent survey by the American College Health Association, 1.6 million college students sought counseling in the past year. According to Christine Gidycz, director of the graduate program in clinical psychology, the number of students at Ohio University seeking mental health services is on the rise.
Below, Gidycz discusses mental health issues on the Ohio University campus, local resources and positive coping mechanisms.