To many, college is one of the most fun experiences in their lives. However, it is also one of the most challenging experiences.
College is much more difficult than high school. It not only has a greater academic rigor but also demands better time management for students to juggle between school, part-time work, social and family life.
Some challenges college students face:
Identities( LGBTQ+,Disabled, First generation college students)
For some college students, a limited motivation is a major concern. Unsure about one’s major, future, or career path can cause great anxiety and lead students to feel unmotivated. Students might also opt for parties or other social events over studying for an exam. This calls for students to have better life skills but also greater social and academic support.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
Support groups can allow us to make connections and find support knowing that no one is alone.
In addition, other benefits of participating in support groups include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma
Getting practical advice or information
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost-effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups