Active Minds – national organization of college campus chapters that works to promote mental health education and awareness on campus
- ScreamFest: Let out one unified tension-breaking scream prior to finals.
- Exam Oasis: Make stress balls, receive massages, play games, and offer refreshments.
- Recess: Recess is a reminder of what used to be fun about school. Organize kickball, dodgeball, 4-square, or Red Rover.
If you think you have an anxiety or anxiety-related disorder, or if you feel overwhelmed or just not yourself, it’s time to get help. There is no shame in talking to someone about your feelings. Getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22.
In addition, a 2008 Associated Press and mtvU survey of college students found the following:
- 80 percent say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress
- 34 percent have felt depressed at some point in the past three months
Parental support is extremely important for college students, especially those who may be dealing with an anxiety disorder or other mental health condition.
Below are tips for helping your college-age child:
Chief of Psychiatry, Harborview Medical Center
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington at Harborview Medical Center
Director, Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP)