Mental Health Resources
CAPS offers services such as individual counseling, group counseling, psychiatry, and case management
provided by licensed mental health clinicians and board-certified psychiatrists.
Mental Health Screening
Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional.
Body Image & Eating Disorders
Negative body image impacts many college students, and can lead to even more significant issues such
as eating disorders and depression if left unaddressed.
The emotional impact of relationships can sometimes have negative mental health effects on a person. Whether it’s getting
over a break-up or facing the reality of a one-sided romance, how a person deals with
each challenge is crucial to their well-being.
After enduring a traumatic event, some people suffer from stress, anxiety depression
and more. Coping after a traumatic event can be difficult, especially when symptoms
cause serious impairment of everyday functioning. That’s why it’s important to find
healthy ways to cope and know when to seek help.
What to Expect: The College Life Stressor List for Students
Starting college is an exciting time, but the transition can also be stressful. Knowing the common stressors and when they occur can help avoid negative consequences.
Pat Walker Health Center believes in enhancing diversity and promoting social justice through empowerment and advocacy, with the hopes of stimulating thought, creativity and personal growth for all students regardless of their of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background and/or intellectual perspective. Read our response regarding the violent attacks at a Charlottesville, Virginia protest on May 13, 2017.
The health center aims to provide access to resources and programs for our diverse campus community by partnering with key community organizations and incorporating specialized multicultural training in our personal and professional growth and development.
Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) students experience many of the same global challenges as other students, because of society’s stigma against those who aren’t heterosexual or cisgender, many LGBTQ students may worry about the impact of their sexual/gender minority status on career path, religious beliefs, health, family, and friends.
Examples of related stressors include:
- Finding or building a supportive community
- The coming out process
- Understanding your identity
- Worrying about others' reactions to coming out or changes in your relationship status
- Tension in family relationships
- Finding and engaging with romantic and sexual partners
- Discrimination and internalized oppression
- Loneliness or isolation
- Unhealthy coping strategies
If you identify with these or any other concerns, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment.
The Counseling Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and their Queers and Allies organization, alongside the LGBT Resource Center at the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Relations has produced a wonderful resource for those who have questions about themselves or others who identify as a sexual or gender minority, with an emphasis for those who wish to become an LGBTQ Ally.
These manuals include a list of important terms, education about the LGBTQ experience, and behavioral suggestions for supporting LGBTQ people in your life.
The U of A defines a non-traditional student as an undergraduate student who meets one or more of the following criteria:
- 25 years or older
- Has dependents
- Returning to school after a period of time
- Without traditional high school diploma (G.E.D.)
- Works full-time
- Financially independent
- Part-time student
Like many of the other diverse populations of students, non-traditional students face unique challenges. Even those with a lot of support may find themselves struggling with issues such as:
- Difficulty finding time to study
- Struggles with work/family/school balance
- Feeling “old” or not belonging
- Feeling burnt out or fearing that you’ll never earn your degree
If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, consider making an appointment. You can also check out the resources available to you through the office of student affairs: Off Campus Student Services