The College Recreation Middle (UREC) hosted a Q&A panel on November 9 to debate psychological well being, that includes three voices from throughout JMU to share their perspective. Kevin Kustral, a JMU junior concerned in psychological well being consciousness; Matthew Hunsberger, psychological well being coordinator within the dean’s workplace; and Magali Laitem, a licensed medical psychologist who works at JMU’s Counseling Centre, answered questions on psychological wellbeing assist, assets out there at JMU, and the best way to assist others who need assistance.
A typical theme throughout the panel was how stress and anxiousness have an effect on college students and the best way to cope with it.
The primary query requested was what’s the distinction between each day stress and continual stress.
“Brief-term each day stress is an efficient factor,” Kustral stated. “It could possibly truly assist your psychological well being and your bodily well being. Power stress could have a adverse impression on psychological well being.
Laitem stated that when stress begins to impression college students’ bodily well-being, they should faucet into completely different assets to stop it from turning into continual stress or anxiousness.
One other huge challenge mentioned on the panel was the significance of scholars caring for themselves whereas away from dwelling and guaranteeing their tutorial efficiency stays in fine condition.
Hunsberger stated it is essential for college students to test in on their psychological well being and the way it pertains to their research, and if college students discover themselves falling behind, they should not be afraid to succeed in out and ask for assist.
Laitem urged college students to make use of the numerous free assets JMU has to supply for psychological well being companies, particularly the brand new partnership with TimelyCareshe says.
“JMU is paying for each pupil to have free entry to nice psychological wellness assets,” Laitem stated.
Laitem stated the on-campus counseling middle additionally gives free counseling companies, remedy canines and neighborhood assets to assist these in misery. She additionally stated the counseling middle is contemplating adopting remedy cats sooner or later to provide college students an possibility between the 2.
The ultimate query and matter revolved round the best way to assist a good friend who’s coping with indicators of stress and anxiousness and a few ideas to assist.
“Final semester there have been three suicides,” Kustral stated, “which triggered a extremely unhappy time on campus. If you happen to see any indicators of stress, be there for them, attain out to them, and make it possible for they know you may have an outlet.
Whereas Kustral targeted on a JMU-wide reply to this query, Hunsberger took a special strategy to answering this query. Hunsberger cautioned that when caring for different individuals, it is all the time essential for college students to additionally maintain their very own private boundaries and well-being in thoughts.
“One of many best errors you may make is getting dragged down and making an attempt to work via their issues,” Hunsberger stated. “Generally individuals simply want to speak to somebody and have a dialog. Watch out to not go overboard and transcend your individual capabilities.
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