Taking care of your mental health is one of the best ways to ensure happiness and success in college and in life. USC offers a variety of services to help you take charge of your mental well-being. Through counseling, yoga, meditation, other mental health services, USC creates a “mindful university” to help students build resilience and social skills. Utilize any of our individual or group counseling services to receive advice and support, and decrease stress by taking advantage of the many yoga and meditation opportunities offered at USC.
Combating the Stigma Against Mental Illness
One out of every four college students suffers from a mental illness. The most common are depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. College students are also at a higher risk of developing a mental illness, especially when social and academic stress is paired with the anxiety of living on your own for the first time. In short, college is a time when we need to respect what our minds and bodies are telling us, and recognize that it is okay to seek help.
The phrase “no one is perfect” may be a cliché, but is true nonetheless. Everyone, ages 5 to 95, has his/her own way of handling stress and difficult situations. You don’t have to handle them alone. Getting support, be it from friends, family, or a professional, is a sign of maturity, not insanity. Taking care of your mental health is crucial to your overall well-being. Gaining the courage to share personal stories is difficult and scary, but if you’re comfortable doing so, then try it. Hearing and talking about personal experiences humanizes mental illness and helps people understand that it is normal, not something to be feared or made fun of. Erasing the stigma against mental illness and psychiatric counseling is the first step towards a happier society.
Emerging Young Adults and Mental Health
Adults ages 18-25 are the most at risk for developing mental illness or handling their mental illness ineffectively. Young adults in this age range face greater behavioral and non-behavioral health risks than people aged 12-17 and 26-34 yet often have the lowest perception of risk and least access to care. Significant brain development continues into and throughout the college years, particularly in the region responsible for emotions and rational decision making. To read more about emerging young adults, please see Dr. Lawrence Neinstein’s research called “The New Adolescents”.