10 Mental Health Tips for College Students

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College is a significant milestone in one’s academic journey. This time is for growth, exploration, and self-discovery, but even with the excitement and independence, mental health struggles are a reality for many college students. In a study amongst college students, 44% reported symptoms of depression, 37% said they experienced anxiety, and 15% were struggling with suicidal ideation. These rates are the highest they have been in over a decade – but there is hope. 

Launch Centers knows how hard navigating mental health can be for college students, so we compiled a list to help college students prioritize their mental health. This time of independence and self-discovery can be positive, even when mental health problems are present.

So what's the trick to creating healthy mental health during college life

Mental Health Tips for College Students

Many people romanticize the idea of college and all the milestones and experiences that come with it – but no one wants to talk about the stress, anxiety, and mental health issues that may accompany it. For college students, finding ways to cope with stress and conquer their mental health diagnoses is the best support anyone can ask for – and the following tips will help with prioritizing self-care, creating support networks, and more.

1. Prioritize Self-Care

With demanding schedules and academic commitments, it’s crucial for college students to prioritize self-care. This includes getting adequate sleep, maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically active, and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation. Establishing a self-care routine or engaging in activities you like can significantly improve overall well-being and resilience in the face of stress.

2. Cultivate a Support System

Building a strong support network is vital for mental health in college. Whether it’s friends, family members, mentors, or mental health professionals, having individuals to turn to during challenging times can provide invaluable support and perspective. Don’t hesitate to reach out and lean on your support system when needed.

3. Practice Mindfulness and Stress-Relief Techniques

Mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can be powerful tools for managing stress and promoting mental clarity. Integrating these techniques into your daily routine can help alleviate anxiety and improve overall emotional well-being.

4. Set Realistic Goals

While ambition is admirable, setting unrealistic goals can lead to burnout and feelings of inadequacy. Be realistic about your academic and personal goals, and break them down into manageable steps. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and be kind to yourself when setbacks occur.

5. Seek Balance

Finding a balance between academic, social, and personal obligations is essential for maintaining mental equilibrium in college. While it’s important to dedicate time to studying and academic pursuits, don’t neglect your social life, hobbies, or relaxation time. Strive for a healthy balance that nourishes both your mind and spirit.

Learning how to manage your time during study and schoolwork can help you create a healthy balance.

6. Practice Time Management

Effective time management is key to reducing stress and maximizing productivity in college. Use tools such as calendars, planners, and to-do lists to organize your schedule and prioritize tasks. Break large projects into smaller, manageable chunks and allocate time for both work and leisure activities.

7. Establish Boundaries

Learning to set boundaries is crucial for protecting your mental health and well-being in college. This includes saying no to activities or commitments that overwhelm you, as well as establishing boundaries in relationships and social interactions. Respect your own limits and prioritize your needs and priorities.

8. Develop Coping Strategies

Coping with the inevitable challenges and setbacks of college life requires effective coping strategies. Identify healthy coping mechanisms that work for you, whether it’s journaling, talking to a friend, practicing a creative outlet, or seeking professional support. Having a toolkit of coping strategies can help you navigate difficult times with resilience and grace.

9. Stay Connected

Despite the demands of college life, it’s important to stay connected with friends, family, and your community. Social support plays a crucial role in mental health and well-being, providing a sense of belonging and connection. Make time for meaningful relationships and seek out opportunities for socializing and networking.

10. Know When to Seek Help

Finally, it’s essential to recognize when you need additional support and to seek help when necessary. If you’re struggling with persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional or counselor. Universities often offer counseling services for students, providing a safe and confidential space to address mental health concerns.

Finding a Calm in the Collegiate Storm

College life can feel like a storm bearing down on you. There will be challenges that you never imagined, but they are countered by the overall experience of being independent and taking control of your own life. Launch Centers understands that this time is pivotal in your life – but sometimes you need a little support to navigate the mental health strain that comes with it. It is important to remember that you are not alone. We are here to help you create the strategies you need to succeed in college (and beyond). Reach out to us today to learn more about how to put these mental health tips for college students into play for your future.

About Our Founder

Jose Hernandez, for over a decade, has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor.

Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety.

At Riviera Recovery, a sober living facility with multiple locations, clients continue their transition from the supportive environment of a treatment center to living well and happily in the “real” world. The program he designed at Riviera Recovery personalizes treatment plans that enable clients, including those with a single or dual-diagnosed mental health disorder, to embrace a satisfying life.

His greatest endeavor has been establishing LAUNCH, a Los Angeles-based life skills intensive outpatient program for young adults. LAUNCH works with recovering men and women to establish personal vocational and educational goals and develop the tools to successfully meet them. His mission is to ensure that no one stands alone in his or her recovery.

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