As the semester comes to a close; exams approaching, essays to write, concepts to understand; whatever it is, sometimes there seems to be more things to do than there is time. It is undeniable that many college students experience overwhelming stress, especially during this time of year. Over 46% of college students reported that anxiety was their top concern while in college. In light of this fact, it is important to take care of yourself, not just physically, but mentally too.

If you break a bone, it is essential to your health that you see a doctor and that you go through treatments so that you are able to return to doing your normal daily tasks. Yes, maybe you are able to push through the pain, but that will only make the injury worse. Ultimately, you can’t heal a broken bone by ignoring it.

It may seem easier to ignore the state of your mental health than it is to ignore a broken bone. However, like breaking a bone, being in an unhealthy mental state can be immobilizing and if you ignore what is going on, it will only get worse. You can’t be mentally healthy if you ignore an unhealthy mind and performing your daily tasks will be much more difficult, let alone producing your best class work.

If you are struggling with stress, homesickness, depression, anxiety, OCD, or many others, then seek help, just as you would if you had a broken bone.

UNC offers many ways students can be supported when going through turbulent times. The Counseling Center is located in Cassidy Hall. To begin services you can either stop by during walk-in times or call directly at 970-351-2496.

Psychological Services is located in Mckee Hall. Appointments can be made through phone call at 970-351-1645. All information is confidential.

Every person has struggles and it is more than okay, even preferred, to reach out for help if you need it.