Myth: Mental health problems cannot affect me.

Fact: Mental health problems are surprisingly common; they affect almost every family. Mental health problems do not discriminate-they can affect anyone.

 

Myth: Therapy and self-help are a waste of time. Why bother when I can just talk with a friend?

Fact: Therapists rarely give advice. Rather, they help you come to your own conclusions. It is an opportunity to share what’s on your mind in a non-judgmental and safe environment. It’s about finding out what is right for you, not what someone thinks you should do. It is a chance to discover what you want and to take steps to achieve that goal.

 

Myth: Once people develop mental health problems, they will never recover.

Fact: Studies show that most people with mental health problems get better, and many recover completely. 

 

Myth: Therapy can take years and never ends.

Fact: Most therapy is short-term and focused on specific and attainable goals. What is most important is your commitment to therapy and your work toward achieving the goals that you and your therapist have set. 

 

Myth: I can't do anything for someone with mental health needs.

Fact: You can do a lot, starting with the way you act and how you speak. Let them know you are there for them.

 

Benefits to Seeking Services 

  • Learn how to cope with life issues and mental health concerns.
  • Manage and balance academics more effectively.
  • Better sense of personal well-being.
  • Increased self-awareness that leads to improved self-esteem.

Concerned About A Friend?

Learn the facts about mental health. Know what to look for….

  • No longer enjoying activities or hobbies they once did
  • Missing class and other social engagements
  • Mood is negative or apathetic about most things going on
  • Talking about harming themselves and/or someone else
  • Avoid trying to diagnose and speak with a mental health professional for advice.
  • Provide support by seeking out resources with your friend.
  • Listen to your friend and be encouraging. They know something is not right so word choice is important.
  • Avoid statements like cheer up, you are okay, snap out of it

Homesickness

  • Homesickness is a normal experience for many incoming students. 
  • The majority of college students will miss some aspect of home. 
  • Usually these feelings will lessen as the semester goes on.
  • Focusing on classes, getting socially connected and involved with activities will help with the transition.

Homesickness Tips

  • Bring some things from home to campus that will give you some peace of mind. (pictures, stuffed animals, figurines, posters, etc.)
  • Visit home in moderation. Don't miss out on opportunities that campus life is providing. 
  • Get involved with interest groups or opportunities to volunteer. Connecting socially with others will help create a support system here on campus and develop new relationships.
  • Attend events on campus and in the community. Get out of your room and experience something new and different.
  • Communicate with friends and family back home but limit the frequency during the week.
  • Write in a journal. Sometimes the best way to express yourself is not through spoken words but through written words.
  • Utilize nearby resources such as friends, a RA/RD, counselor, advisor, etc. 
  • Time flies by and you will be back home before you know it. 

Kognito

  • At risk suicide prevention training
  • UI Counseling Center partnered with Kognito to provide online simulation training for faculty, staff, and students
  • Goal of Kognito is to better identify, support, and connect distressed students with campus services

Resources

McKinley Health Center:Mental Health Unit
Licensed mental health professionals are available for individual consultation and treatment. Call to schedule an appointment.
217-333-2705

Health Education Unit
Stress Management Educator
217-333-2714

Counseling Center
Licensed mental health professionals are available for individual consultation and treatment. Call to schedule an appointment.
217-333-3704