Mental health problems covers a broad range of symptoms. The Canadian Mental Health Association has developed an online Mental Health Meter , which allows individuals to assess their mental health and risk for illness. It takes less than five minutes to complete the assessment and provides insight into where we may wish to make changes.
College counsellors have developed a general checklist to help students determine if it might be time to talk with someone. It includes some of the problems commonly reported by college students. While some people may resolve these issues on their own, talking things over with staff can be helpful for those who have ongoing concerns about any or all of the following:
- Academic and career issues, including poor study skills, problems with test-taking or trouble deciding between two or more college programs;
- Relationship problems—family or spousal troubles, conflict with a significant other or coping with a break-up;
- Discomfort in social situations;
- Feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness or loneliness;
- Feeling depressed most of the time or having thoughts of suicide;
- Alcohol and/or drug abuse;
- Sexual abuse or assault;
- Coping with stress and/or anxiety, and eating or sleeping too little or too much;
- Issues of identity and self-esteem, including sexuality, values and belief systems, low self-esteem and negative thinking, and difficulty adjusting to college/university;
- Feelings that things are hopeless;
- Feeling overwhelmed by all you had to do;
- Feeling exhausted (not from physical activity);
- Feeling very lonely;
- Feeling very sad;
- Feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function;
- Feeling overwhelming anxiety;
- Seriously considered suicide;
- Attempted suicide;
- Intentionally cut, burned, bruised or otherwise injured yourself.
If you’re concerned about any of the above, it may be helpful to speak with a counsellor or advisor on your campus in person or by phone.