Mental Health Resources For Students

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month! 

Were you aware that a significant number of college students are experiencing one or more mental health challenges? According to a 2022-23 Healthy Minds Study, a majority of 59% of college students face these concerns. As you balance family, life, and college, it is important to realize that you are not alone in this journey.

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At WVJC, we realize that embarking on an academic journey may sometimes be very stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we want to help set you up for success by providing resources to those who may be struggling.

During times of mental health crisis, it is vital for students to have around-the-clock access to resources that offer confidential support. Text hotlines, virtual chats, and helplines are available for students who need extra support. Below are three free real-time support lines for those in crisis:

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 support for people in distress. This free and confidential support system can be easily accessed by dialing “988” on your phone, sending a text message to “988”, or utilizing an online chat on their website.     

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, Helpline offers free nationwide peer support for teens and young adults. Trained specialists can provide information, resource referrals, and support through calls, texts, chats, or emails. Support is available Monday through Friday, 10 am-10 pm, by any of the following methods:

Phone: 1-800-950-NAMI
Text: “Friend” to 62640
Chat Online here
Email: [email protected]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides year-round support to those facing mental health or substance abuse disorders. This free and confidential service equips individuals and families with information on local resources, facilities, support groups, and more. SAMHSA’s National Helpline can be reached 24/7 by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or texting your zip code to HELP4U (435748).

Some mental health challenges are not crisis-level but still require additional counseling to manage. Virtual therapy services and mental health-focused apps are excellent options for students to take control of their mental health in a way that fits into their busy lives. Below are four services that offer online therapy, guided meditation, journaling, and other mental health resources. 

Talkspace is an online therapy option that allows students to speak with licensed providers virtually. This can be especially beneficial for busy students or those living in areas lacking mental health support services. Talkspace’s network of therapists and psychiatric providers are experienced in many mental health conditions, treatments, and needs. 

Another virtual therapy option is BetterHelp. BetterHelp operates as an affordable membership service, providing access to video sessions, phone calls, and messages with a licensed therapist. This can be a helpful option for students whose insurance may not cover certain mental health services. 

Calm is an app that provides audio and video content such as meditation, soundscapes, movement practices, and more. Utilizing the tools in the Calm app can help students better focus while doing schoolwork, reduce stress, get better sleep, and overall improve mental health. Try downloading Calm in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

Moodfit is a virtual resource that provides a comprehensive and customizable support plan. Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, this service equips users with tools such as mood journals, gratitude journals, mindfulness exercises, mental health assessments, nutrition, and more. While Moodfit offers a free and paid subscription service, new users can get a free trial of the premium features to decide if the app works for them before purchasing a year’s subscription. 

The WVJC Family Is Here For You!

While pursuing your education can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming, the WVJC family wants you to know that you are not alone. If you are struggling with personal or academic issues, any member of the WVJC team can connect you with valuable resources to help you prioritize your mental health. 

By highlighting the importance of good mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month, you can help erase the stigma behind seeking help.

Be a part of the WVJC family, where you are seen as a person, not just a number! Start your educational journey at a college that values you by requesting information today.