Tim Folliard – Sports Editor
Mental health is a key component of your life that often gets put on the back burner. In the chaos of being a college student, it is important to be in tune with your mind, body and spiritual health. Benedictine offers a wide variety of services for students who may be struggling with these issues.
The Counseling Center is directed by Benedictine alum Liz Sodaro. Students can schedule a visit Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. As the university has adapted a virtual format, the Counseling Center has as well.
“Students can also visit us for a virtual “walk-in” by heading to doxy.me/benuwalkin.” Sodaro said. “This virtual waiting room will be monitored Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Students can stop by to get some immediate support, learn about the Counseling Center services, or schedule an appointment.”
Wellness Wednesday is sponsored by the Counseling Center. Their upcoming programs are geared toward challenges that students are currently facing. Some of them are: Stress Management & Anxiety, Under One Roof: Good Communications & Healthy Boundaries in Family Relationships as well as Stress Relief Through Art Therapy.
Each of these programs will begin at 12 PM on Wednesdays. Some Wellness Wednesday programs are put on with the Violence Against Women Act Coordinator. A list of their programs can be found on their website.
Mental health issues have been on the rise during 2020. According to a report from the CDC, symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased from April through June.
“With COVID-19 and other events, we all have experienced collective trauma and have gone through these events together.” Sodaro said. “Even though these are shared experiences, everyone is processing these situations differently. No one’s way of processing is better or worse than anyone else’s but is important to be in tune with your body.”
Sodaro talked about the importance of healthy self-care for students.
“Self-care is doing something nice for yourself every day. This looks different for everyone. It can include going on a run, watching a movie, listening to a podcast, journaling. Anything that helps you clear your head. It is important to not isolate your mental health.”
This Saturday is the World Mental Health Day. For more on that story click here.