Mental Health Expert’s Tip of the Month – June

It’s June! Whether you just graduated from high school, or college, or will be returning to college in the fall, this is a time of transition. You are no longer at point A, where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing, but you aren’t quite at point B either, where you are going and what you will be doing. Being in this in-between state is an uneasy time for many people and can cause anxiety and fear as well as excitement and anticipation.

Wherever you find yourself this month, planning for college in the fall, returning home for the summer or heading out into the “real world” for the first time, you will be facing a period of adjustment. It takes time to get your bearings and settle into your new situation, both physically and mentally. Your role and identity are shifting to accommodate your new surroundings and circumstances, and you may feel lost or confused, even depressed. The best way to beat these blues is to acknowledge that you are in transition and to expect you will need some time to adjust. Take it easy on yourself, spend time with supportive people, continue engaging in recreational activities that you enjoy and embrace this challenging time in your life as an opportunity for personal growth.

~Hilary Silver, LCSW
Mental Health Expert, Campus Calm

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