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Navigating Mental Health In High School and University: Tips for Students and Parents

Identifying Early Warning Signs: Recognising Changes in Behavior and Mood

Early warning signs of mental health issues can vary depending on the individual and the specific condition. However, some common signs to look out for include: 

  1. Drastic Changes in Mood: Frequent or sudden shifts in mood, such as persistent sadness, irritability, or unexplained anger.
  2. Social Withdrawal: A sudden loss of interest in socializing or participating in activities they once enjoyed.
  3. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Either sleeping too much or too little, experiencing insomnia, or disrupted sleep.
  4. Loss of Energy: Feeling fatigued or lacking energy for prolonged periods.
  5. Decline in Academic or Work Performance: A noticeable drop in grades or work performance that can’t be explained by other factors.
  6. Difficulty Concentrating: Struggling to focus or concentrate on tasks.
  7. Physical Symptoms: Frequent headaches, stomachaches, or other unexplained physical complaints.
  8. Changes in Appetite: Significant weight loss or gain, changes in eating habits.
  9. Thoughts of Self-Harm or Suicide: Expressing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, even indirectly.

If you notice these signs in yourself or someone else, it’s crucial to reach out for help and support from a mental health professional or a trusted person in your life. AlliedHealth 2U can further assist by offering valuable support through their mobile psychologists and counselors, providing accessible mental health services when and where needed.


Effective Communication: How to Talk Openly About Mental Health Concerns

For Effective Communication:
1. Choose the right time and place to talk openly.
2. Use “I” statements to express concerns without sounding accusatory.
3. Be a good listener, showing empathy and validation.
4. Avoid making assumptions and allow them to express themselves.
5. Encourage professional help and offer support in finding resources.
6. Respect their privacy and boundaries.

For Peers and Family:
1. Be supportive, non-judgmental, and create a safe space for them to talk.
2. Encourage openness and assure them of your willingness to listen.
3. Offer help in finding resources, including professional support.
4. Stay connected and show that you care about their well-being.

Additional support and expertise in addressing mental health concerns, including psychology and counseling services, are available through AlliedHealth 2U. If you or someone you know requires further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out and seek help when needed.

Balancing Academics and Self-Care: Prioritising Mental-Being

Maintaining a balance between academics and self-care is cruical for overall well-being. here are some tips to help prioritise mental health while managing academic responsibilites. 

Create a Realistic Schedule: Organize your time efficiently, making sure to include dedicated periods for studying, self-care, and relaxation. Click here for some ideas!

Take Regular Breaks: Avoid studying for long hours without breaks. Take short breaks to relax, stretch, or go for a walk.

Get Enough Sleep: Prioritize sleep and aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. A well-rested mind is more productive.

Stay Active: Engage in regular physical activity to reduce stress and improve mood. Find an exercise or sport you enjoy.

Connect with Others: Maintain a social support system by spending time with friends and family or joining clubs and organizations.

Practice Mindfulness or Meditation: These techniques can help reduce stress and improve focus and concentration.

Seek Help Early: If you feel overwhelmed or struggling with academic pressures, seek help from professors, advisors, or counseling services.

Limit Caffeine and Junk Food: While it’s okay to indulge occasionally, try to maintain a balanced and healthy diet to support your overall well-being.

Seeking Help on Campus: Utilising University +/ High School Counselling Services

Seeking help on campus through university counseling services is an essential step for students who are facing mental health challenges. These services typically offer a safe and confidential space where students can discuss their concerns with trained professionals. University counselors are equipped to address a wide range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, academic pressures, and life transitions.


Essential Guidelines for Utilizing University + High School Counseling Services

1. Explore Available Resources: Familiarize yourself with the counseling services offered by your university. Knowing the available resources empowers you to seek help proactively when facing mental health challenges.

2. Schedule an Appointment: If you’re experiencing emotional distress or any mental health concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the university counseling center. Early intervention can lead to better outcomes.

3. Be Open and Honest: During counseling sessions, be open and honest about your feelings and challenges. Transparent communication helps the counselor provide tailored support.

4. Attend Regular Sessions: Consistency is essential in counseling. Attend your scheduled sessions regularly to experience continuous progress and support.

5. Confidentiality and Privacy: Rest assured that counseling sessions are typically confidential. Your information will be kept private within the bounds of ethical and legal guidelines.

Additionally, AlliedHealth 2U can provide valuable support by offering mobile psychologists and counselors. The mobile psychologists and counselors from AlliedHealth 2U can offer personalized and accessible support, making it easier for students to seek help when they need it the most.

By utilizing both university counseling services and AlliedHealth 2U’s mobile professionals, students can receive comprehensive and flexible mental health support during their academic journey. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and reaching out for assistance can make a significant difference in one’s overall well-being and academic success.

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