Take care of your mental health

Student Life ran an article last week about rising nationwide rates of suicide and depression, and we thought this would be a good opportunity to remind students of the resources available on campus and to encourage everyone to get help when they need it. We know Wash. U. students worry sometimes about being seen as less than perfect, but they should know that plenty of students need extra resources from time to time. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it.

With that said, here’s a list of major available resources on campus.

Student Health Services: At SHS, you can get professional help on campus. SHS provides up to eight free counseling appointments for each student per semester and an additional nine sessions for a small fee. Call 314-935-6666 to make an initial appointment.

Uncle Joe’s: This student-run counseling service provides one-time counseling sessions and referral services. They have walk-in hours from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. every night. The office is accessible from the Gregg-side door behind Off the Row. You can also call Uncle Joe’s 24 hours a day at 314-935-5099, and a member will call you back within 15 minutes.

Residential advisers
: Your RAs, whether you live on the 40 or even in Wash. U.-owned off-campus housing, are trained to talk to students who might be struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts and to refer you to other resources on campus. They are there to look out for you; don’t be afraid to use them.

For immediate help, call WUPD at 314-935-5555, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

If you aren’t comfortable talking to someone just yet, you can find some helpful and trustworthy information at http://www.nimh.nih.gov or http://ulifeline.org.

If you’re worried about a friend, you can also take advantage of any of the resources listed above. We also encourage you to check out http://asklistenrefer.org/washu, a new online training program designed to help students help others.

Finally, as the school year is winding down and finals begin looming, don’t forget to take some time to keep things in perspective. Our college years should be a time for learning and self-discovery, not sources of undue stress and anxiety. Don’t feel guilty for taking some time to enjoy the great weather or even for taking a mental-health day when you need one. Classes will still be there; we want to make sure you are too.

  • someone who’s trying to cope and get out of his hole

    “Don’t feel guilty for taking some time to enjoy the great weather or even for taking a mental-health day when you need one. Classes will still be there; we want to make sure you are too.”

    that’s unfortunately not true. I’ve found professors are surprisingly intolerant. Many seem to prefer a “you miss it, you fail it” attitude regardless of the reason. They wont give you notes, extend assignments.

    There are many opportunities on campus for students to get help, but if a professor isn’t trained in how to accomodate these students the help they are getting is pretty pointless. They fall behind in classes as they try to deal with their destroyed mental and emotional state. Once behind they keep falling farther and farther, until the hole is just too deep.

    That’s what happened to me, and I will likely have to add a full 5th year as a result.

    Studlife should push for better training of professors – especially young/new ones – in the skills to help these students.

  • http://www.sherwinjtb.com SherwinJTB

    I was lucky to join a University that supported mental health and well being. This is a costly business that provides free resources to students. It makes you think how much people really do care.
    Suicide Prevention in Your Life