Established in 1949, May became Mental Health Awareness Month, focused on promoting mental health awareness and increasing focus on the importance of mental health.
Due to an increase in stress, loss, worry, and unpredictability, there has been an increase in negative mental health consequences during the pandemic.
College can be a stressful time and there has never been a more important time to recognize that mental health is an essential factor to overall health and wellbeing.
"SCC recognizes the importance of mental health supports through on-campus resources and by connecting to community supports for ongoing assistance," said Judy Endres, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. "Ultimately, this will support students' achieving their academic goals."
"The college truly sets you up to succeed," said Tabby Willner, first year SCC Graphic Communications student, who shares her own struggles with mental health.
"Whether I go to my TRIO adviser, the college social worker, or my instructors, they have all surprised me with how understanding and supportive they are if you keep open communication with them," she said.
"Being here I have learned how to advocate for myself because it is highly encouraged to ask for help when you need it, and there is always someone ready and willing to help.
Tabby is not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), mental illnesses are common with nearly one in five adults in America living with a mental illness.
"I love being at the campus," Willner said. "I am genuinely excited to go to class and learn more, and that's not something I ever felt in high school. SCC has been a safe space for me."
The bottom line is to remember that you are the best advocate for yourself and your loved ones. Make mental wellness a priority in your life. You don't need to navigate this alone. South Central College social workers, counselors and advisors are available to meet with you for when you need assistance with mental health or basic needs issues.
Mental Health Screenings:
Screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Take a mental health test to help promote prevention, early identification, and intervention during the month of May.
Additional Mental Health Information:
- National Alliance for Mental Health article on Managing a Mental Health Condition While In College
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website (nami.org) has a significant number of resources that focus on support, education, and advocacy.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Talk To Someone Now: Lifeline
- Veterans Crisis Line