NEWSLETTER – Edition 19

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

I consider myself a mental health advocate. By that, I mean that I am aware that students of all ages struggle with a variety of mental health issues and I am committed to promoting resources devoted to providing help.

Mental health runs the gambit – disorders within the areas of mood, anxiety, eating, trauma, impulse control, psychotic, personality, and addiction & substance abuse. And research shows that the majority of our students are dealing with at least one disorder, if not multiple.

If your student is dealing with mental health issues in high school, you might be concerned about how he/she will manage in college. Sometimes the help comes from the college itself. Other times, the help comes from a team the family assembles from outside the college. In either case, it takes forethought and planning.

Perhaps mental health isn’t a concern for your student right now, but you want to explore what college campuses are doing to be proactive about the potential issues. It is certainly a crucial piece of the admissions process that you should evaluate.

In my role as a college admissions consultant, I can help you find and assess the mental health services available on college campuses and in their surrounding communities. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me! 


COLLEGE NEWS

The mental health statics for high school and college students were already scary – and COVID only exacerbated the situation. Rather than sensationalize the subject with a variety of overwhelming statistics, I will share an article by the Best College website entitled, College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities. It contains some valuable information on how to pursue college accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including how to disclose your disability and ideas of accommodations you might request. Find the article HERE.

Another helpful article is 28 Mental Disorders and Their Symptoms from the Better Help website. Using the broad categories of mood, anxiety, eating, trauma, impulse control, psychotic, personality, and addiction & substance abuse, the mental disorders are defined in short, straightforward explanations. Find the article HERE.


A GREAT RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Hot off the press is a new publication from Boston University for students contemplating a leave of absence from school. The guide is designed to help the student make an informed decision, and then guides the student through managing the leave, building skills, and eventually navigating the process back to college. It’s packed with tools, strategies, and inspiration. Find the publication HERE

Most colleges provide counseling services. However, many are still working towards establishing a robust wellness program for mental health. Great Value College has identified 30 institutions that are leading the way in this regard. Find the resources HERE

My latest Scout-ing Report blog has a variety of additional resources to help you navigate mental health. Find it HERE


SCOUT-ING REPORT

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: The end of the school year is near. And planning for next year will be here before you know it! Don’t wait until August. Let me help you get a jump start on the college admissions process now! In fact, I would love to help your student find and fund the ideal college experience! My approach is individualized for your student and designed to keep all of you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!    

8TH AND 9TH GRADERS: As the school year is winding down, now is the perfect time to start planning for college. I would love to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies that will help you achieve college and life goals. Plus, getting started now allows us to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that your student is positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund his/her ideal college experience. If you want to learn more about the Road Map Session, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: I am not a mental health professional. The extent of my advice is a series of phrases I always give to my children when they are heading into exams or find themselves in a funk: “Get some fresh air and exercise – and some sun on your face. Eat some good protein and some fresh veggies. And get some sleep.” I think in today’s world, those actions fall under the term “self-care.” In fact, my advice plus another 150+ tips are found in Julia’ Dellitt’s book, Self-Care for College Students: From Orientation to Graduation, 150+ Easy Ways to Stay Happy, Healthy, and Stress-Free. The book is a great source of inspiration to encourage your college student to address the five main types of self-care – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and professional. Be sure to check it out!

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