Focus on Student Mental Health
College students around the country face unique challenges as they navigate university life and academic rigor. From the stresses of the past few years related to COVID-19 and homesickness to acclimating to residence hall life and learning to thrive in their newfound independence, mental health concerns can understandably mount. A July 2022 report by Fortune Magazine indicates, “three in five (60%) college students reported being diagnosed with a mental health condition by a professional, the most common afflictions being anxiety and depression."
World Mental Health Awareness Day gives Baylor an opportunity to support students and share resources that can help them improve their mental health and navigate challenges when they arrive. Activities are planned for students to learn more about what mental health is, how to become a Mental Health Ally (an initiative designed to increase mental health awareness, create a more open dialogue about mental health on campus and develop a network of support) and the services offered at the Baylor Counseling Center.
During the event, the Counseling Center will be offering depression screenings to help students identify how they are doing mentally and connect them to resources that may be beneficial to their overall mental health. Additionally, the day will feature prizes and giveaways.
The Baylor Counseling Center offers a range of integrated services to support students including:
- Individual, couples and group counseling for students with psychological concerns
- 24-hour online mental health services
- Crisis intervention for students experiencing a psychological crisis or emergency
- Medical nutrition therapy by a licensed and registered dietitian
- Consultation services for faculty, staff, families and friends of students
Students may make an appointment to visit the Counseling Center on the second floor of the McLane Student Life Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by calling 254-710-2467.
Additionally, students can access unlimited Baylor Telehealth 24/7 at baylor.academiclivecare.com or call 833.969.3998 (U.S) or +44 20 898-6588 (intl.)
If you or someone you know are in crisis and need help immediately, please call 911, the BUCC Crisis Line at (254) 710-2467 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by simply dialing 988 to be connected to trained counselors.