Resources, advisory services and consultations are available for explorers.
The academic year arouses a myriad of emotions. While some experience enthusiasm or hope, others struggle with stress and anxiety.
“Students go through transitions in real time. Things are constantly changing and students are encouraged to adapt, ”said Erica Rogers, Ph.D., associate director of the Student Counseling Center at La Salle University. “If you or someone you know is in trouble, you need to know where to go to reorient yourself and get the help available. “
Fighting test anxiety
Tuesday October 5, 12:30 p.m.
This session, co-facilitated by the Center for Academic Achievement and the Student Counseling Center, will discuss strategies for managing test anxiety. La Salle students will reflect on their processes before, during and after exams to create a game plan. Register for the session.
The La Salle Student Advisory Center and the Paul A. Stanton Wellness Program are here to help, offering a range of services, programs and resources to meet the needs of La Salle students.
College students across the country experience a range of feelings. Among those polled for a 2020 study, nearly three-quarters of students cited the pandemic as the reason for increased stress and anxiety. Emotions ranged from worrying about their health and that of those close to them, problems with concentration and limited social interactions, among others.
Additionally, over 71% of students said the pandemic had left them exhausted, an increase of over 30% according to a 2021 survey. Another 2021 study found “general difficulties” related to “learning. distance and social isolation ”that prevailed in a diverse sample of students.
“There is no problem that is too big or too small,” Rogers said. “We want to meet La Salle students, hear from them and create a plan that will help them on the path to mental well-being and academic success.
Here’s what students need to know:
Call 215-951-1355 or email [email protected], whether for general consulting services, to set up an initial consultation or just to find out more. (The Center limits foot traffic and encourages calls and emails, rather than in-person pop-ins.)
Timetable “without appointment”
Did you know that the Student Counseling Center offers virtual walk-in hours? No appointment is required for these time slots – Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Helpful tip: it’s always best to email [email protected] to ensure availability for a conversation the same day with an advisor.)
After a year of virtual programming via social media, Wellness Wednesday is back for in-person events. Whether on the Union Patio or in the Union Lobby, students can visit the Wellbeing Wednesday Table (1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) for take-home knowledge, interactive resources and education. Topics vary from week to week.
Need general wellness brochures? What about the literature on sleep deprivation or drug addiction? Student counseling has you covered, with interactive print resources such as posters, tip sheets, and checklists. Email [email protected] to learn more.
To be involved
Did you know that La Salle has a chapter of the Reflect organization? This national mental wellness nonprofit has roots in Philadelphia, dating back to its origins at the University of Pennsylvania. Reflect is dedicated to empowering students to transform campus culture by de-stigmatizing mental health and tackling difficult topics. The La Salle Chapter returned from a one-year hiatus and organized the lineup for later this year. Email [email protected] to express your interest or get involved.
Student welfare at La Salle maintains accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Follow both for regular updates on the lineup and more.
Training and awareness
September is Suicide Prevention Month. La Salle offers virtual training programs that support awareness and intervention.
- For students, there’s Kognito, a simulation designed to teach skills that will help students support their emotional health and that of their peers. The Kognito simulation is available on the University’s website and through the myLaSalle portal.
- For faculty and staff, the QPR is a behavioral intervention that teaches individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provides guidance on how to challenge a person’s suicidal thoughts, persuade them to ” get help and refer her for help. (Interested? Email [email protected] or call 215-951-1048).
“Connection is more important than ever. This connection can be with people, information, physical location, or a sense of being and belonging, ”said Ashley Netanel, La Salle Wellness Initiatives Coordinator. “Navigating these paths can be difficult for some students, who may be out of practice, and for others, for whom it is entirely new. “
“We are always trying to improve and expand our services to evolve with the changing needs of our student body,” added Rogers. “We are aware of the range of experiences that students may have had and to meet them where they are in their lives. “
—Christophe A. Vito