Are you a college student who feels constantly overwhelmed and unsure how to manage all that stress?
Are you the parent or family member of a college student who has experienced many sleepless nights worrying about them?
If so, you’re in the right place and I’m here to help!
For the past ten years, I’ve served as a university lecturer and adjunct professor, teaching hundreds of students. My time in the classroom has made it quite clear there’s an epidemic infecting college and university campuses. It’s not binge drinking or date rape or academic dishonesty. It’s stress.
An epidemic of stressed-out students
Perpetuated by popular culture, many Americans perceive college life as being idyllic. Students supposedly lounge on grassy quads, reading literature, playing guitar, and debating politics. While that may be true for some students, it’s not the norm. The reality is much darker.
For many students and their families, college is the ticket to a high-paying, prestigious career. Thus, when students are still young, the pressure begins. Once they arrive on campus, many young people are already struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other behavioral health conditions.
The focus becomes keeping their GPAs high no matter what, even if that means all-nighters, chugging “energy drinks,” and cheating on assignments. Taking care of their emotional and physical health typically doesn’t make the cut in their jam-packed schedules.
The kids are not alright
It should not surprise us that students are stressed, anxious, depressed, and unhappy. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called this trend an “epidemic of anguish.”
Consider the following scary statistics:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-aged students, with an estimated 1,088 occurring on campuses each year.
- 36% of undergraduate students and 30% of graduate students sampled by the American College Health Association reported feeling in the past twelve months “so depressed it was difficult to function.”
- Nearly 68% of students who graduated from public and non-profit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt.
- Nationally, 89% of low-income first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree.
These statistics are deeply troubling and indicate many students are struggling. Finding the joy in learning is challenging, if not impossible, when you’re overwhelmed and chronically stressed.
Helping students succeed
But it’s not simply students who need help. Parents and other family members are partners in their student’s college experience, and this includes their mental health. However, many families lack the skills and knowledge to support their students in productive ways, especially when behavioral health issues arise.
As the parent of a college student, you are walking a precarious tightrope, trying to balance being supportive and nurturing with encouraging responsibility and independence. When your child is struggling, you want to help but perhaps you’re not sure exactly how to be supportive without being smothering.
Or maybe you’re dealing with a child who is suffering in silence and not communicating with you about their problems until you discover they’re on academic probation. What do you do now??
I’m here to help!
Together, we will navigate the often bumpy road leading from freshman year to graduation. We’ll build a toolbox of skills, resources, and strategies that will address common “pain points” that can interfere with a student’s success, including:
- Successfully transitioning to college
- Stress management
- Greater self-care for mind and body
- Balancing academics with other competing demands
- Understanding the quarter-life crisis
- Getting the help you need on and off campus
- Improved communication between student and family
- Offering support when your student is away from home
Ready to get started? Check out my blog, resources page, and social media accounts for helpful, practical advice to make the most out of college.