Starting college can be difficult, especially during the first few months of school and if students don’t find a solution in managing their time it can all become hectic really quick.

Even after learning the ropes it can get difficult. When it gets rough some students understand where things went wrong and are able to find a solution on their own. Then there are the those who need guidance on getting back on track.

However, not all students like asking for help or they don’t know where to even begin. Avoiding the problem then can lead to more problems and more stress affects their mental health.

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. And with the brain being the most complex organ in the body it’s important to maintain it and attempt at living a healthy lifestyle.

Mental health can affect how people think, feel, act and it determines how people handle stress, relate to people, and make choices. At any stage of life, mental health is essential and shouldn’t be ignored.

Joshua Brookshire, a UNT senior majoring in accounting said he thinks addiction has to deal with people who can’t stop doing drugs. And that at one point he’s thought of taking a drug to get through school, but he hasn’t ever taken any.

“No, but I have thought about taking Adderall one time because I had a hard test that I didn’t study for and I needed something to make me concentrate and focus better when I studied the night before the test,” said Brookshire.

Brookshire usually deals with his stress by working out at the rec center or plays soccer.

Emily Thomas and Kristin Hudson who are interns at UNT’s Collegiate Recovery Program spoke of how they are a support group for people who want to talk about their troubles. Be it about anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, just about any issue a student would like to talk about, they are there to listen and help.

“We’re all here for growth,” said Thomas. “It’s very personalized.”

Hudson said that it’s not about why an induvial is there, but that they focus more on how the individual is overcoming their obstacles and how they can continue on in the right direction.

Thomas and Hudson also said that a lot of people who stop by their offices are willing to talk to them and that they aren’t there to push anyone out of their own comfort but to let them know that they aren’t alone.

“People are able to come in and relate to others who are at the meeting and are able to connect with each other,” said Hudson. “When you become aware that you’re not the only one, it really empowers you to try to move out of that and into a better place.”

They said the problem with mental illnesses is that it’s stigmatized and people feel like if they ask for help they are weak, but they assured that it’s far from being weak.

“It’s being insecure with the fact that ‘I’m not okay’ because we’re told from day one that it’s not okay, to not be okay,” said Thomas.

Michael Sheeter, a UNT senior majoring in finance said he thought of someone with addiction as weak and that it was about self-control. He also mentioned that he had no need to take drugs, but knew someone who took drugs to get through school.

“I had a friend who took Adderall all the time. He was desperate to do good in school,” said Sheeter.

Thomas and Hudson mentioned the various resources on campus like SARC, Life of Purpose, and Counseling and Testing services, that are all in place to decrease the stigma of mental illness. And better yet, they are all free to students.

 

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