Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Coming to college means that you have to prepare for a lot of changes in your life. You have to get used to dorm living, prepare for new challenges, and live independently away from your family. Lots of people will tell you that the hardest transition is maintaining yourself physically. They’ll tell you to use the campus gym and to be careful in the dining hall, because it’s very easy to stop taking care of your body once you come to school and live on your own. One thing that many people forget, however, is that you can’t focus on just your body; you have to worry about your mental health, as well.

I’m Luke Langner, a 3/5 Mechanical Engineering major from Jefferson Township, New Jersey. When I first came to Stevens, I was worried about the same things as everyone else. How am I going to make new friends? What if my classes are too tough? What clubs and activities should I join? Like many other students, I focused on developing those aspects of my life, and soon my sleep schedule and mental state began to suffer because of it.

If this sounds like something you may find yourself falling prey to during your time at Stevens, have no fear! Stevens is equipped to help students that find themselves struggling with their mental health while at Stevens. The Stevens Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS) have many different opportunities, such as short-term/group counseling, off-campus referrals, and other psychiatric services for those in need. Even if you’re hesitant about signing up for their services, you can participate in a free mental health screening to get a better idea of your personal needs. You can also utilize the campus’ CARE team if you believe that you or someone you know may be going through a personal mental struggle.

Stevens is a ‘Stigma-Free’ campus, meaning that we are a community of people who are aware of mental illness and who strive to further educate ourselves and help others. There are always others willing to lend a helping hand on campus, and we encourage you to take advantage of these resources if you or anyone else you know find yourself in need!

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