At Salt Lake Community College, the word “finals” often brings a cringing look and a twinge of fear in each student’s stomach this time of year.
Thankfully, the Health & Wellness Center has a variety of services that students can use to manage the stresses of both college and home life.
“A common mistake I see students make which leads to overstress is biting off more than they can chew,” says Scott Kadera, Counseling Center manager and registered psychologist. “I’m amazed at how many commitments students take on with classes, work, extra-curricular activities, relationships, and so on.”
The Health & Wellness Center also offers a stress management program that focuses on providing students with a relaxing environment to de-stress.
This program also teaches students skills to manage their stress. The program meets every Tuesday at the Redwood Campus in the Student Center at noon.
“One of the most effective and healthy stress management strategies is a regular exercise routine,” says Kadera.
Getting enough sleep and spending time doing something pleasurable may help people relax as well.
“It’s tough,” says Shelby Chancey, SLCC student. “I have classes in the morning and I work nights. I try to do my homework in between the two and that’s when I have time for myself.”
The Health & Wellness Center also offers general counseling to students.
The diversity of the counseling staff at the Health & Wellness Center means that all SLCC students should feel encouraged to seek help if needed.
To schedule an appointment, enrolled students can call or visit an appropriate office at the Taylorsville, Jordan or South City campuses. Each session is $10 and can even be paid through a student’s MyPage account.
Students who feel stressed and cannot make an appointment at SLCC can also call the UNI CrisisLine.
This hotline, which is based out of the University of Utah, is available to anyone in the community who feels distressed and needs emotional support. For more information, call 801-587-3000.