You are not alone if you are concerned about your mental health. There are many significant factors that can impact one’s physical and mental health.
Factors Affecting Health
National College Health Assessment, Brock University, 2013
Many students face a wide variety of challenges while at university and some of these challenges may cause changes in their mental health. These changes can occur at anytime and for a wide variety of reasons. It’s important to know many of these challenges are normal and that there are resources available on campus to help you manage and cope with them.
Most postsecondary student fall into the highest risk age group for mental illnesses and substance dependencies – youth (15-24) are the most likely to suffer from selected mental disorders (Statistics Canada; Canada Campus Survey).
Students are more likely to suffer from psychological distress/report mental illness symptoms than the general youth demographic (Canada Campus Survey).
There are a wide variety of services offered at Brock for both undergraduate and graduate students. Regardless of your program, faculty or department, if you need help, help is available. Both undergraduate and graduate students experience stress in many different ways and it’s okay to seek help. The transition from undergraduate to graduate studies can be difficult and we’re here to support you. Being connected to your community, aware of the services offered on campus and having a strong positive network of people and resources can help you maintain your positive well-being, as well as manage your stress accordingly.
G2Talk is available to all postsecondary students, all of the time (24/7). If you need to talk and are having conflicted feelings about your mental health, G2Talk is a FREEanonymous hotline with trained professionals who specialize in the mental health of post-secondary students. The best thing about G2Talk is you don’t even have to leave your own home to access it. Whether you’re having a bad day and need to talk to someone or a bad week and need to talk to someone, the counselling team at G2Talk is always there for you.
More Feet On the Ground
More Feet on the Ground is an online educational tool to help people, in the Brock and Niagara community, recognize, respond and refer students who are experiencing mental health issues. It’s a great tool if you are seeking information regarding how to help a friend in need, different mental illnesses or the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health. It’s interactive, informative and features students discussing their own experiences.
Being involved in your community is a crucial part of your university experience. There are many clubs and activities through BUSU and the GSA that are always welcoming new faces. Feeling connected can increase your sense of self and acts as a form of self-care. Taking time to connect, making new friends and being involved are healthy ways to feel more engaged in campus life. There are many other students who share the same interests and have the same feeling as you do. Involvement in community groups, clubs or organizations can decrease loneliness and promote positive well-being.
Please visit our clubs page for a full list of on-campus clubs. You can get involved and stay connected, whenever you want!
You may want to explore clubs and organizations like Active Minds for information on students just like you exploring their own mental health in healthy and supportive environments.