College life is full of hard transitions. Whether you’re a freshman who’s coming from a high school out of state or a junior switching their major, you’re bound to go through some rough patches in college. Sometimes, there are issues that aren’t necessarily academics related that can impact your daily life in a serious way. Whatever the situation may be, there are safe places on campus you can seek out to find support and guidance. Here are just a few of the best resources on CU Boulder‘s campus for mental health guidance.
1. Counseling and Psychiatric Services
The biggest resource on campus for consulting mental health is the Counseling and Psychiatric Services, or CAPS program. CAPS can be located at both the C4C and on the first floor of Wardenburg, and they’re open all week from 10 am to 4 pm. This program offers completely confidential services for those struggling with things like anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, body image, and much more. Whether you’d do better in a group therapy session or in a stress management workshop, you can always find someone to talk to that will be there for you no matter what you’re going through.
2. Nutrition Consultation
If you’re struggling with body image or any other issues surrounding nutrition, you aren’t alone. A lot of college students find it hard to balance nutrition when surrounded by on-campus dining halls and quick eating options. This can easily take a toll on a student’s mental health. Luckily, CU‘s nutrition consultation is free for all students and has an amazing staff. Fill out a short questionnaire about the reason for your visit, and you’ll be able to meet with a professional that will help you through your struggles in just 30 quick minutes.
3. The Raimy Clinic
If you’re looking for a more affordable option for your mental health resource, the Raimy Clinic is a perfect fit. This clinic was founded in 1960 for students looking for a low-cost option for psychological treatment. It’s located in the Muenzinger Building and gives psychology students an opportunity to get some experience in their field, but its main purpose is to provide psychological support to the community.
4. The Office of Victim Assistance
Sometimes, people go through experiences that can do real damage to their mental and physical health. In sticky situations like these, it’s hard to turn to your local doctor or counselor. The Office of Victim Assistance, or OVA, is dedicated to helping victims feel empowered and make a strong and efficient recovery after traumatic incidents in their lives. Although CU Boulder is a relatively safe campus, it’s not exempt from trauma. There’s no reason anyone should have to go through such incidents alone, and the OVA’s mission is to spread the word and build a safe space in the community.
It can be hard to process all of the changes one goes through in college. Regardless of your grade or major, there’s no telling what life will throw at you at any given moment. If you’re struggling with something that negatively impacts your mental health, you aren’t alone. Reach out to any one of these resource centers and you’ll find welcoming and supportive professionals that are determined to help you overcome any obstacle in your life.
(If you’re reading this and feel the need to reach out, call the CU helpline at: (303)-492-1000.)