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Mind your mental health

Stress is a normal part of life and can be an encouragement toward growth. However, once the stress and anxiety begin to get out of control, it can be a dangerous threat to one’s health.

As a first-year college student, the rapid changes in life can lead to an increase in anxiety. For most students this is the first time being away from home for a significant amount of time. Everything is different.

Adjusting to college can be a difficult experience for many, and there is no shame in asking for help. Mental health issues tend to isolate us from those around us, but if you find yourself in need of mental or emotional support, it is important to know that help is available.

Just like there are things you can do to take care of your physical health, there are many ways to take care of your mental health. First, get plenty of sleep, think positive, set goals, find an outlet, keep an agenda to manage your time better and talk to someone.

If you are experiencing difficulties that persist for an extended period, or if you experience emotional symptoms that interfere with your daily life, consider seeking professional help. While asking for help may feel like an act of weakness, it is really an act of strength. It takes courage to reach out in a time of need.

ORU offers a variety of counseling services and mental health resources for students to help them achieve sustainable mental wellness. The counselors on campus are committed to providing safe environments for students to express and process their emotions. Counseling can offer help with a wide variety of issues including relationships, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, grief, trauma, disordered eating and much more.

If you wish to seek professional help, the first step is to submit the appointment form which can be found on the ORU website under Counseling Services. You can also contact the department by email at counseling@oru.edu. The counseling offices are on the fifth floor of the LRC.

Additional resources are available, including the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and the Crisis Text Line (741-741). If you or a friend needs immediate medical assistance, call 911.

Mental health is necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle, and counseling services at ORU are available to help in any way possible. If you find yourself in need of such services, do not be afraid to reach out. It is okay not to be okay.