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Supporting College Student Wellness and Mental Health

The transition to college is a very exciting time in a young adult’s life, but it can also be very scary, unfamiliar, and even overwhelming for both the student and his/her family. When people think of ways that parents or guardians can support their college-aged students, the emphasis may immediately turn to financial support. However, the social and emotional support that parents or guardians can provide may be just as crucial to student success. Having the encouragement and guidance of at least one supportive person is a major factor that contributes to resilience among college students. Maintaining this connection while your student is away at college will likely put the family’s mind at ease.

This web guide will cover a range of topics from general wellness strategies to mental health issues that college undergraduates may face. The purposes of this web guide: first, to emphasize wellness and prevention of mental and physical health issues and second, to give a more complete picture of challenges (and some potential solutions) relevant to college undergraduates across the nation and specifically those attending college in the Tri-City Area (i.e. Claremont, La Verne, Pomona). This web guide will also include a list of resources families can access to support their college student during this time of transition.

Guide Topic Areas

(En Español)

The Role of Wellness
  • Wellness Strategies for Family Members
  • Factors that Contribute to Wellness
Beyond Wellness: Supporting Your Student Through College Transitions
Common Transitional Issues
  • Roommate Challenges
  • Academics
  • Time Management
  • Managing Finances
  • Stress Management
  • Realistic Self-Appraisal/Self-Esteem
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Identity Issues/Diversity
  • Sexual Activity
  • First Generation College Student Status
  • First Time Handling Medical Care
  • Money Management
Mental Health Statuses and Incidents that May Impact College Students
  • Pre-existing Mental Health Issues
  • Anxiety/Anxiety Disorders
  • Harmful Relationships (Domestic Violence/Stalking)
  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders/Body Image Issues
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation (SI) (Suicidal Thoughts)
Suggested Books / Reading for Parents and Families
Campus Specific Resources Counseling & Psychological Services
2214 “E” Street, La Verne, CA 91750
Regular Business Hours: (909) 448-4105
After Hours Crisis Phone Number: (909) 448-4650

Student Health Services
2147 “E” Street, La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 448-4619

Disabled Student Services
2215 “E” Street, La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 448-4938

Acknowledgements

This information was made possible because of the support and efforts of: Tri-City Mental Health Services, University of La Verne,
California Polytechnic University: Pomona, and The Claremont Colleges.

Contributors

  • Juan Regalado: University of La Verne
  • Marla Love: Scripps College
  • Moya Carter: Pitzer College
  • Jennifer Marana: Claremont McKenna College
  • Dr. Marcelle Holmes, Ph.D.: Pomona College
  • Dr. Dan R. Tsuang, M.D.: Pomona College
  • Lisa Lester: Consultant, University of La Verne
  • Vanessa Kettering: Consultant, Claremont Graduate University