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Depression and Anxiety Among Students in College in Colorado

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Depression and Anxiety Among Students in College in Colorado

Depression and anxiety are significant mental health concerns on college campuses across the United States, including those right here in Colorado. College students often face a range of stressors and challenges that can contribute to the development or exacerbation of these conditions. Here are some key factors and resources related to depression and anxiety on college campuses in Colorado:

  1. Academic Pressure: The pressure to excel academically, meet deadlines, and perform well on exams can be overwhelming for many college students. This pressure can contribute to stress, anxiety, and, in some cases, depression.
  2. Social Isolation: Many students may experience social isolation, especially if they are away from their home and support networks. Loneliness and a lack of social connection can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety.
  3. Financial Stress: College tuition and living expenses can be significant sources of stress for students and their families. Financial stressors can exacerbate mental health issues.
  4. Substance Use: Some students may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with stress, which can worsen mental health problems.
  5. Access to Mental Health Services: The availability of mental health services on college campuses in Colorado varies. Some schools offer counseling services, while others may have more limited resources.
  6. Stigma: There is often a stigma surrounding mental health issues that can prevent students from seeking help when needed. Reducing this stigma and promoting mental health awareness is important.
  7. Peer Support and Counseling Services: Many colleges and universities have counseling centers that offer individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and other mental health services. They may also have peer support programs and support groups.
  8. Online Resources: Some schools provide online resources and self-help tools for students dealing with depression and anxiety. These can include articles, videos, and self-assessment tools.
  9. Student Organizations: Some colleges have student organizations dedicated to mental health awareness and support. These groups may organize events, workshops, and outreach activities.
  10. Community Resources: In addition to on-campus services, students in Colorado can access community-based mental health resources and healthcare providers.

How Can You Improve Your Mental Health During College?

  1. Give Yourself Grace
    • If you’re returning to college this fall, you’re likely overwhelmed by syllabus’, course selection, program requirements and trying to make time for work, the gym, your friends etc. Rest assured, that it’s normal to feel like you don’t have time for everything. Forgive yourself for missing some things: maybe you have to drop a work shift, take one fewer classes, skip out on time with friends on the weekend. Don’t beat yourself up about not being able to do it all! Instead, trying giving yourself credit for doing as much as you are.
  2. Protect Your Time and Energy
    • When in college, it can feel like everyone wants your time, focus and energy. Whether it’s your professors, your boss, your friends or even your family – you’ll likely experience feelings of guilt and anxiety about not meeting the expectations everyone has set for you. When these feelings emerge, acknowledge the root cause and establish boundaries to protect your time and energy. Your time and your focus are your own. Taking control of your time and energy will give you confidence and a sense of grounding that can prevent burnout and anxiety disorders.
  3. Prepare to Feel Overwhelmed
    • We can’t tell you ‘not to get overwhelmed’. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that you’ll escape feelings of overwhelm. What you can do is prepare to manage these feelings when they arise. Design a morning and evening routine that set you up for success, stock up on some self-care essentials and familiarize yourself with self-soothing techniques to keep your mental and physical health in a functional state to support your academic performance.

Take Your Mental Health Seriously and Reach Out for Help When You Need It

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety while attending college in Colorado, it’s important to reach out for help. Most colleges have confidential resources available to support students’ mental health needs, and seeking assistance is a sign of strength, not weakness. Additionally, there are national and local helplines and crisis text lines available 24/7 for immediate support.

Remember that mental health is a priority, and there are many resources available to help college students in Colorado and across the country cope with depression and anxiety. We invite you to schedule a free consultation if you would like help designing a mental health plan to help you feel your best on campus this year.

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