Taking care of your mental health

In October, we commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week from the 2nd to the 8th, National Depression Screening day on the 6th, and World Mental Health Day on the 10th. So, all this month we’ll address mental health topics and those issues that can wreak havoc on your mental health.  

A recent study reveals that nearly a third of college students have had mental-health counseling; however, many said they were experiencing anxiety and stress as opposed to more severe problems.

How can you tell if someone is having trouble and might need some help? The University of Oxford offers several signs:

  • A sudden decline in academic performance
  • Persistent lateness
  • Withdrawal from social, cultural or sporting events he or she had considered important
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Misuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in appearance, including weight change and a decline in personal hygiene   

This week, we’ll provide resources and tools you can use, whether you’re a parent or a student. On Wednesday, we’ll give parents tips on how they can protect their son or daughter’s mental health.

As always, if you have any suggestions or resources to share, please let us know.

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