Published: Oct. 21, 2019
counselor and student

Between midterms, cold and flu season and daylight saving time around the corner, this time of the year can be stressful. While students may experience various levels of stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns throughout the year, these levels might be on the rise this month. Finding help on campus can be key to getting through to the end of the semester. Here are some tips and resources to share with your student.

Recognizing signs of stress, anxiety and more

Stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns can sometimes show up as physical symptoms. These signs can include:

  • Physical ailments like headaches, muscle tension or frequent illnesses
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
  • Appearing fearful, anxious, nervous or angry
  • Social withdrawal
  • A change in hygiene and appearance

Supporting your student

If your student is feeling under pressure with midterms and other responsibilities, sometimes they need someone to listen as they vent about their worries and frustrations. Respond with empathy and encouragement. Encourage them to take care of themselves, get extra rest when possible and find time to relax. Fall break is just around the corner and a great time to recharge for the end of the semester.

If at any point it feels like too much for your student, encourage them to find help with Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). Students visit CAPS for a variety of reasons, such as homesickness, sadness, anxiety and other concerns. All students, regardless of insurance, have access to CAPS services covered under the mental health fee that students pay with tuition.

Finding help

Students don’t have to call ahead to schedule an appointment with CAPS. They can visit the CAPS office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday – Friday for a walk-in appointment. At a CAPS appointment, students meet with a therapist for about 20-30 minutes to assess their needs and get connected with appropriate services. All students leave with a treatment plan.

Along with short-term individual counseling, process therapy groups and skill-based therapy groups, CAPS services include:

  • Informal consultations: Let’s Talk is a free service offered at various locations around campus. Students can stop by for an informal and confidential consultation with a counselor.
  • Workshops: Educational workshops provide valuable information and insight to students on a variety of topics. They are a great option to address a variety of needs, including sleep, relationships and anxiety.
  • SilverCloud Online Mental Health Program: This confidential online portal offers secure, immediate access to online programs for stress, anxiety and depression.
  • For help after-hours, students can call 303-492-2277 to speak with a licensed therapist at any time. Learn more about CAPS.