The semester is in full swing and, like any other semester, this will probably riddle most of you with stress and anxiety. There’s no denying that college is a difficult time for many people. The impending exams, dozens of readings, and essays to write, and that’s simply the academic aspect. At the same time, most of us are striving to have some semblance of a social life, to have friends, hobbies, and to engage in other pursuits while we’re in the prime of our lives. Then, of course, there is the cost of living. Being able to afford simple necessities when there is already a massive debt hanging above one’s head can be a stifling thought.

I just want to be the one to say it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. It’s okay to have those periods of time where you want to break down and question why we’re all spending our lives grueling away at textbooks and assignments when the world seems to pass us by. It’s okay to be afraid of not finding a job in college and that you’ve been wasting your time. Admitting these troubling feelings is not a sign of weakness. These feelings are your body’s method of telling you that you need assistance, that something needs to change about your current lifestyle.

The University has a plethora of resources that students can take advantage of, but often times are not aware of them. De-stress is a student group through Boynton Health Clinic that works to destigmatize mental health concerns that plague students and to put students in touch with resources that are relevant to each individual student. De-stress does this by offering free, 45-minute Stress Check Ins, where undergraduates, or graduates, can come in and discuss their mental health concerns with a trained peer helper. Why would you want to talk to a student about your problems? One of the reasons speaking to a student is beneficial is that we, as students, can understand the pressures and dilemmas that students are going through. Some people feel their mental health concerns are not valid enough to speak with a licensed psychologist, and may even feel intimidated. Students often times try to minimize the problems they face, comparing their personal issues to those with “real” issues such as sexual abuse or poverty. It’s true that some issues may require more assistance than others, but the goal of this group is to emphasize that if you are feeling overwhelmed, if you are feeling stressed about events that are impacting you personally and desire to change these feelings, that there is a place on campus where you may express these feelings and obtain resources to combat them. The main point is that we want students to be happy, to be able to handle the stressors that life can throw at you in a healthy way, and most of all to help students understand that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help now and again.


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