Stress is almost inevitable for most college students. However, a study done by the Associated Press and MTVU in 2009 shows that it is more prevalent than one might think.
According to the study, 85 percent of college students in particular reported that they experienced stress on a daily basis.
With that number rising five percent from 2008, it is no wonder that mental health is often talked about. Poor mental health can be detrimental to relationships and physical health; it can also make going to school difficult.
That’s where Salt Lake Community College’s Health and Wellness Center comes in.
Health and Wellness Services provides students with a student health clinic, counseling services, massage services and health promotion.
The center makes available staff-licensed clinical social workers who bring a diverse background of training and experience to deal with different issues. These issues might include dealing with depression and stress, alcohol and drugs, eating disorders and suicide, among other concerns.
“I think it’s really cool that SLCC has all these different types of counseling to help students,” said student TK Stokes. “Being a student can be really stressful, especially during finals.”
Along with individual counseling sessions, the center also offers group counseling.
Students can meet with peers and talk about issues that are contributing to depression, stress, and other issues. Every Tuesday at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, there is a group counseling session that specifically deals with stress management. This session is held in the Student Center STC 035 from noon to 1 p.m.
On Wednesdays, another group counseling meeting called “Hatching a New You” gathers at STC 035 from 11 a.m. until noon. On Thursday they offer “Transition Group” at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus in STC 035 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Students have a co-pay of $10 and college employees have a co-pay of $25 for group counseling. There is a fee if you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment.
These counseling services help people learn how to handle and manage personal problems and situational issues. People can also learn strategies to cope with academic stress and develop self-awareness, personal responsibility and skills for life-long living.
The Health and Wellness Center also provides free one-hour massages to every enrolled student once per semester.
Massage therapy can ease tension and stress, and strengthen the mind/body connection. It also promotes a positive self-image and prevents illness. Each successive massage is $30.
For help and more information, visit the Health and Wellness Center on the South City or Taylorsville Redwood Campuses, or call the Taylorsville Redwood Campus at 801-957-4268 or the South City Campus 801-957-3323. The Jordan Campus center is currently closed due to construction.