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Mental health and the university student – The Lakeland Mirror

The mental health crisis in the United States is at an all-time high, with the CDC reporting that two-thirds of college students report anxiety and depression. The CDC reports that 63% of college students aged 18 to 24 suffered from anxiety and depression, particularly due to the pandemic. In addition, 25% of them said they had suicidal thoughts. These the numbers reflect a rapidly growing crisis among students for several reasons, including the pandemic, social pressures, family, academic pressures and more.

Cases continue to rise due to deteriorating and normalizing mental health stigma, giving others the courage to speak up. According to Dr. Lia A. Knox (founder and CEO of Knox Behavioral Health Solutions and co-founder of Black Space Inc) during an interview on 103.7, she thinks we are headed in the right direction for mental health to be discussed more openly and comfortably, but she agreed that there is a long way to go, especially when demographics are down like men’s mental health, mental health in black and brown communities, mental health in LGBTQ communities and more.

With the rising mental health crisis in our country, the lack of therapists and psychologists plays a significant role for those seeking difficult help. Fortunately, at Lakeland University, there are a plethora of resources students can use, such as free, confidential counseling for all traditional undergraduates with either Alex Liosatos (LPC) or Christine Jenkins (PLC). Each therapist can provide in-person or virtual support for issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and other concerns. Booking an appointment is easy with a little paperwork to fill out beforehand. Appointments last approximately 45 minutes and students can chat with a counselor before deciding if they want to schedule a full appointment.

Liosatos said:We also have a peer support provider this semester, our GA Tralese Campbell, who you can speak to for lighter concerns or current stressors. Tralese is a recent LU graduate and trained to provide free, confidential and non-judgmental support. You can also contact her to learn more about using a glow lamp to chart winter mood, which you can try in her office, and an Emwave device that helps you regulate your own heart rate and your stress, using computer software. Contact information: [email protected]. “

Another option offered by Lakeland is yoga classes Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with teacher Jenny Tanck, at Gould Commons. Mats are provided, beginners are welcome! Just wear comfortable clothes and give it a try! Old Main also offers The Oasis on the top floor which is full of anti-stress tools and can be used by a student at any time.

An overview of mental health numbers in Wisconsin can be found through the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

A List of Resources for Lakeland University Students

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For mental health emergencies, contact campus security (ext. 1126), call our local toll-free Crisis Mobile (920-459-3151), text the National Crisis Line Hopeline at 741-741, or call/send a SMS to the new national crisis number: 988.