30% of college students struggled with school work due to a mental illness, while one in four experienced suicidal thoughts, and one in seven engaged in reckless behavior resulting into dropping out of classes, according to a study. College dropout is a negative term you’ve probably heard and maybe used yourself. You may currently be thinking that you may become a “college dropout” because it’s becoming hard for you to function in class as a result of mental health challenges. You may have already dropped out of school or taken a medical leave of absence and these terms may have come to start to define your identity and sense of self. This doesn’t have to be the case.
Medical Leave of Absence
Colleges offer medical leaves of absence to students experiencing mental health challenges. If you’re thinking about dropping out you should talk to your college first to see if this would work for you. Your GPA wouldn’t be affected by your grades the semester you leave school and you would have the option to return (the time period varies from school to school). Leaving school can be daunting, but taking the time you need to learn the skills to stay healthy in a supportive environment may be the most important step you can take.
Let us help
College Re-Entry is a semester long non-clinical program that can provide the structure and community that you need during your medical leave of absence to return to college with confidence.
CRE has mindfulness, fitness, nutrition specialists to develop a wellness plan to help you gain more control over your symptoms. You’ll also have access to one-on-one coaching from our social workers, be paired with a mentor who experienced mental health challenges in college and improve your academic skills and stress relief techniques through our seminars. Most importantly you’ll have a positive environment you can come to every day and be a part of a supportive community of other students also experiencing mental health challenges.