Counseling Centers At Colleges

Are College Counseling Centers Really Supportive?

They say they can help students who are struggling mentally in school, but are they really as helpful as they say they are?

18

I am a mental health advocate, and I personally feel that Counseling Centers on any college campus are attempting to improve the mental health of college students on college campuses, but are not succeeding. Why do I say that? Well, here are some examples that I have noticed.

For one, a lot of schools over-hype their ability to help all students. There are students from all different background that are dealing with their mental illness differently and have been dealing with it for different periods of time. The answer is simply, the counseling center is not always prepared for students with different issues. The biggest thing is that counseling centers are not equipped for students that have been dealing with mental illness long term.

Counseling centers offer help for a lot of incoming students who are feeling overwhelmed in class or feel that they do not fit in, or have suddenly realized that they may be having a problem with their mental health. They don't offer help to students who are leaving their 5 year long therapists, leaving the comfort of their own home, and experiencing different events that they may have avoided in high school due to different trauma or experiences. They don't offer full-time help for people with long-term issues.

And what's sad is that those are people who need the most help.

I've witnessed on countless occasions of people saying they cannot return to the Counseling Center because they cannot help the mental illness that they've had since freshman year of high school. This is often people who are seeking help, possibly for the first, or maybe the second time. They may not know how to go about taking control of their mental illness because they either had a parent do it for them or never have done it before. And does the Counseling Center point them in the direction? Often times, no. Or at least, not fully to the level that a person needs.

A college student may have to take it into their own hands to find a therapist, or a psychologist, or any form of inpatient or outpatient care all by themselves. But why can't the Counseling Center help them? What do they have better to do than help?

Oh yes, only help the students who have suddenly felt the feelings these students have been feeling for years.

Now, help students who have suddenly developed some sort of mental illness due to college is crucial, but ignoring the people who need long term help is important. They are still people who have the same risks as those who have recently developed a mental disability. I'm going to take a darker turn and bluntly say that a person who has had mental health issues for years is just as likely to commit suicide as students who have developed symptoms of mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression. They're just as likely to shut people out. They're just as likely to self-harm. They're just as likely to do anything that can cause harm to themselves or others.

So what are Counseling Centers thinking?

I personally feel, that they are not doing enough, and as a college student who knows college is difficult, it's difficult for those struggling both recently and long-term.

Help both. It's as simple as that.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

15 Black-Owned Haircare Brands That Cater As Much To Inclusivity As They Do To Your Locks

Championing Black entrepreneurs who make some of our hair favorites.

The haircare industry is vast. With the rise of social media came hundreds of thousands of empowered, niche brands. Single entrepreneurs came out of the woodwork with hair brands that now, years later, have dedicated cult followings.

Of those multitudes of brands, few cater to all hair types, most made without regard for curly or coily hair. These brands, however, are different.

Keep Reading... Show less

Minorities are consistently under-represented in our day-to-day lives, notably in the world of fashion. It's likely you're looking for a way to support black artists. Whether that's the case or you're just a fashion-lover in general, these brands aren't just some of the best black-owned fashion brands — they're some of the most innovative brands of our time, period.

From luxury staples to fun accessories and loungewear, these brands aren't just stunning names you should definitely be following on Instagram, each honors the founder's roots in unique ways with the power of storytelling through artistic expression that manifests in pieces we can't wait to wear.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

10 Home Items You Need For Stress Relief, On The Days You 'Literally Cannot'

Fill your home with peaceful, calming coping mechanisms.

I'd like to think that 2020 is teaching us a lot. Or will teach us a lot. Or will be a story we tell at parties one day. Ultimately, this year has been — and is probably going to continue to be — a bit of a mess.

At the beginning of the year, Australia was on fire and we mourned the death of Kobe Bryant. Then, coronavirus (COVID-19) took our spring and shut us in our homes, inciting panic over public health and sparking political upheaval at every decision made by local and federal officials alike. Now, a week after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a nationwide conversation is reignited with protests regarding racial injustice in the United States. There is an enormous amount of tension, hurt, and change that is upon the American people.

Keep Reading... Show less

No matter who you are (an introvert, person of color, member of the LGBTQ+ community, Scorpio, TikToker, you name it), we want to hear what dating in America is like for you and the thoughts you have while working through the talking stage, first dates, navigating love, working through dating problems, etc.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

30 Black-Owned Skincare Brands Every Beauty-Lover Should Know About In 2020

They're not changing the game — they're making a new one.

Skin is something most beauty-lovers obsess over from our early teens, whether our aim is to be glowier, softer, dewier, or poreless, most of us are consistently tracking a new skincare goal. No matter how many products we try, we'll likely forage on with the goal of IRL Photoshopped skin, no matter how many dollars go to them.

The black-founded skincare brands below are the brainchildren of extreme dedication and resilience within the privileged world of beauty. Born out of resilient entrepreneurs overcoming circumstance in a world that does not favor business people of color, these brands have loyal cult followings, and with good reason.

Keep Reading... Show less

A huge part of being in a relationship is communication and, well, part of communication is listening. So, why not have a little fun with your partner and see just how well they know you?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

7 Ways You Can Safely Attend A Protest In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Wear a mask, but speak up.

It seems like coronavirus (COVID-19) has been around forever now. Life before masks and with public sporting events is a distant memory, hoping to make a comeback sometime this year. We've all had to make some sort of life changes to abide by this pandemic's rules. But that doesn't mean everything has stopped. On May 25, George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, sparking a cry for justice and racial equality across the nation.

For the last week, protests have taken place in major cities like New York City, LA, DC, Chicago, Phoenix, Portland, Dallas, and Floyd's hometown of Minneapolis. Many of the cities experiencing protests have begun phased reopening, while others (specifically New York City and LA) have yet to begin phase one of post-coronavirus reopening.

As COVID-19 is hardly in our rearview mirror, there are extra precautions protestors can take as they advocate for justice.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Helpful, Effective Mental Health Resources Specifically For The Black Community

These organizations are qualified, caring, and acknowledging the mental trauma individuals are experiencing.

On May 25, George Floyd died after being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer. In the last week, protests have sprung up across the nation, demanding justice for Floyd and accountability for police brutality. Social media has also seen widespread conversation regarding Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter, and racism in the United States. Today is #BlackoutTuesday, where many are sharing a single black square to represent unity and support for Black voices.

In light of the heavy climate that our country is facing, it is a safe assumption that many individuals' mental health may be suffering. We wanted to highlight mental health resources and organizations that are Black-owned and prepared to assist in whatever you're going through.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments