College can be an exhilarating time, but also one of transition. In our society, there is a focus on physical health, but often little attention is paid to mental health. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health issues affecting college students. Students do not have to suffer in silence, help is available and easy to access. We are committed to raising awareness about mental health, reducing stigma, and empowering students to care for themselves through our outreach initiatives.
Get A Checkup from the Neck Up
This free, anonymous mental health screening is available in the fall and spring semesters. Students review results with a mental health professional from Student Counseling Services, and can access other resources as needed.
As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, 1,100 backpacks are displayed on the Drill Field to represent the estimated number of college students who die each year from suicide. Suicide prevention resources are widely available at this event, and there is a strong emphasis placed on help seeking and connecting students to mental health resources.
Body Positivity Week
Every February, events are held focused on body positivity. Through tabling, sticky note reminders, and other activities, negative body talk is challenged, and students are encouraged to practice accepting their bodies.
Finals Study Break
On the last day of classes, this event is held to provide students with a space to relax and practice healthy ways of coping with stress. Some of the activities include art, music, temporary tattoos with positive statements, and nutritious snacks.
Presentations available by request:
College Mental Health
Importance of Sleep
Self-Care for College Students
Understanding Anxiety and Depression
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Others available upon request
Connect with Student Counseling Services at https://www.counseling.msstate.edu/