College can be an exciting and fulfilling time of life but it can also present many challenges that can overwhelm a student's ability to cope.
As a family member, it can be hard to know whether to actively intervene to help resolve issues for your student or whether to stand back and allow the student to handle things independently. "Getting the balance" can be difficult, especially when you watch your student struggle with emotional issues and academic difficulties. You may wonder how you can help or what to do if your student is struggling.
It might comfort you to know that CAPS staff are licensed mental health professionals who have experience working with college students. We can help you and your student discern normal life adjustments from mental health concerns that may benefit from professional intervention.
Helpful Campus Offices & Programs
This list is not an exhaustive list, however, it is a great place to start for students and family members looking to learn more about the various resources available to University of Arkansas students.
Parent and Family Programs: At the University of Arkansas, parents and families play an essential role in the overall success of students. We strive to ensure that the college experience is rewarding, both academically and socially for your student. By providing important resources, communication, education and relationships to our parents, we can help our students by giving them the necessary support that will enable them to accomplish their goals.
The Parent Partnership Association is dedicated to helping families transition into the University, encourage mutual understanding and to facilitate communication between parents, students, and the University. The Association also seeks to promote and sponsor programs and services that meet the needs of parents and students, and involve parents in the life of the University Community.
Other Helpful Resources
This list is not exhaustive, however, there are an abundant amount of organizations with missions of suicide prevention, mental health alliance, and more that you can begin to look into and reach out to if you need assistance.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. They also offer a safety planning app which can be very helpful. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The Arkansas Crisis Center began operation in 1985 as a 24/7 hotline with a primary mission of suicide prevention. The ACC Hotline now assists with calls concerning suicide, substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse, relationship violence, divorce, loneliness, rape, depression, HIV/AIDS, financial difficulties, runaways and other youth issues, emergency shelter, pregnancy, sexual orientation, etc. We work closely with battered women’s shelters, counseling centers, rape crisis centers and many other community service providers to ensure that our callers receive the help needed during times of crises. http://www.arcrisis.org/
Finding a Therapist
Finding a therapist can be a daunting task! There are so many different aspects to consider and it can be hard to know where and how to start the process. It’s important to know you have options.
Learn more about what to consider, questions to ask, resources to get started, and more on our Off-Campus Mental Health page. Our Off-Campus Mental Health page shares more information about the MiResource database where you can search for off-campus providers.