4 Resources For College Students With Mental Health Needs

Are you currently dealing with mental health issues while at college and not sure who you can turn to? If so, it may help to know what some college mental health resources are available to you. 

Student Counseling Services Department

Start by looking into what services your college may offer by visiting their counseling services department. There are often crisis lines that you can call, or you may be able to set up an appointment for the future with a counselor. However, be aware that there may be a wait to make an appointment for a counselor, especially if the department is understaffed. 

Support Groups

Sometimes it can help to just talk to people that are going through the same mental health issues that you are. Look into whether there are support groups in your area that specialize in your issues. For example, you may be experiencing issues specifically with anxiety or depression, and it helps to know what other people's stories are so that you know that you are not alone.

Support groups can also help guide you to other resources as well as people discuss what they have tried in the area. You won't feel like seeking professional help is a weakness because you will be comforted by the fact that others are seeking help too. 

Outside Mental Health Providers

You also have the option of using your health insurance to find an outside mental health provider that you can meet with regularly. Thankfully, more therapists are offering telehealth services these days, which makes an outside mental health provider easier to find than ever before. You are no longer restricted to who services your local area in person, which can be difficult when you are on campus and in a brand new area you are unfamiliar with. 


If you are to the point where you feel like therapy or counseling is not working for you, it may be time to speak with a psychiatrist about your mental health needs. They are going to be the person that can help you with prescribing medication for your mental health needs to help get you on the right track.

One of the benefits of working with a psychiatrist rather than your primary care doctor is that a psychiatrist specializes in the area of mental health. They exclusively deal with patients that have mental health needs and are much more familiar with the different medications that they can prescribe.