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By Julie Wolfson, LMSW
What you eat can have an impact on your overall mental health and on your symptoms if you have a mental illness. It can also help you manage your stress and affect the chemicals in your body.
This fall we added a life skills track that now includes resume writing, interviewing, public speaking, budgeting and cooking classes.
By focusing on some little things, such as learning to get to class on time, College Re-Entry student Jackie was able to restart her education after five years away.
Returning to college after a summer away can be exciting, and it can also be nerve-wracking, particularly if you are going away for the first time. Being on campus comes with social and academic stress, so it is especially important if you struggle with mental health to know what resources are available and to make plans to connect with them before you arrive on campus.
College students, especially those who are dealing with mental health challenges, find final exams stressful. Here are some tips on how to tackle the work and practice self-care at the same time.
While it can be difficult to assess a negative situation for oneself, in my experience, there are some notable signs that it might be better to take a medical leave and get support than it would be to struggle through another academic semester. What are those signs?
Once I realized I had to take time off school because of my mental illness, bipolar disorder, I was adamant about going back right away. Fortunately, I found a Fountain House College Re-Entry to help me get back to school and to support me when I got there.
"Normally, it’s little things like that that usually get me on edge and make me nervous. That first day of school, the first day of classes, those mindfulness exercises helped me so much. I was patting myself on the back."
College Re-Entry Student Awa shares how change doesn't happen overnight, and how you’ll still have moments where you ask, “what am I doing?” Then overtime she says, you’ll start to slowly see things change, much like her move of leaving for China.
As a person who has major depressive disorder, I’ve noticed almost everyone around me seems to believe they’re very insightful when the topic of my depression arises. Most have not lived with depression, nor any mental illness, yet they are incredibly vocal about ways I can get better. From the bare basics, such as the clutter [...]