OCCC offers counseling services.

College can be an emotional challenge, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

It’s still possible to enjoy the experience and grow from it. 

It has taken Cynthia Homan, a 61-year-old Journalism and Broadcasting student, four years to earn a two-year degree. 

She had to take off for personal reasons during that time. 

Homan said part of her success has been to take a measured approach and repeat courses where necessary, instead of letting the rigors of the coursework affect her emotional state. 

Here she is now, about to graduate. 

“Excited as I can be,” Homan said. “The workload, the 16-week workload , is stressful, it’s heavy. It keeps you so busy that you really don’t have time to worry about too much of a workload. Just do it! Matter of fact, I had to take to classes over again because I was overwhelmed, I overwhelmed myself.” 

To help your success in college, it’s important to prioritize your mental health and look out for on-campus support and opportunities to engage with your new community. This transition can be intimidating, especially if other people in your family have not attended college. If you are a returning student or a student veteran. 

Mental fatigue has led to more students dropping out of college. 

“Good strategy for not overwhelming yourself and getting burned out is take breaks, study, take breaks. Don’t just think you can keep staying on that long with no sleep and take a test because your brain will process that you’re sleeping okay,” Homan said. 

If you find yourselves being overworked, take a break, and if needed, please seek help. 

OCCC counseling services is available by phone at (405) 682-7520. Call them for appointments.

If you feel like you can’t talk to anybody at OCCC the college has resources available on Counseling Services website.

Some community members prefer to speak with a family member or a friend. 

It always helps to have a non-judgmental ear to listen to your problems and find someone to talk to.

Most students do not know if their school provides mental health services on campus or not.

If you are a student at Oklahoma City College, then you know how stressful the courses can be.

It is a good thing you can get help from the school. It is confidential. If you are having trouble with mental health, don’t wait to get the help you need.

Some students have a fear of being stigmatized by peers for seeking counseling for mental health issues.

It’s no shame to take care of your mental health at any age.

Going to college can become really unhealthy when you’re not taking care of yourself mentally. 

There are a range of things you can talk about with a counselor, like depression, loneliness, anxiety, eating problems, family problems, and guess what? It’s all confidential. Nobody wants to know. All these things affect a lot of students each year. Someone you know could be fighting one of these issues. 

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