Student Resources for Mental Health
Denison’s Whisler Center for Student Wellness is an integrated healthcare system that supports the whole student—mind, body, and spirit.
We offer a number of resources that support health holistically. Regarding mental health, Denison offers several ongoing groups and workshops.
- Spectrum is a weekly support group for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning.
- The Productivity Circle is a weekly group for students who would like to learn more skills to manage symptoms of ADHD.
- Navigating Grief is a supportive space for students experiencing grief and loss.
- A.I.R. (Ask, Investigate, Respond) Workshop focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how you respond to distress. You may request this workshop to be presented to a group or community of 8 students or more.
- Bridges is an interactive workshop to discuss relationship values, interpersonal roles/patterns, communication strategies, and social challenges.
- C.A.L.M. (Control Anxiety & Live Mindfully) Workshop focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. You may request this workshop to be presented to a group or community of 8 students or more.
Denison is a member of the JED Campus Program, a leading national suicide prevention program centered on protecting and enhancing college students’ emotional health and wellbeing. In association with this, Denison works not merely to provide clinical care but also to support students in improving their skills for coping with stress and anxiety as emerging adults. We offer Gatekeeping, QPR, and Mental Health First Aid trainings to students, faculty and staff to equip them in responding to those who are struggling.
In moments of crisis, we are fortunate to be able to partner with a local mental health organization, Behavioral Health Partners, and a strong local network of clergy.
Why should I seek Counseling?
It can be difficult to understand when it is appropriate to seek out counseling and information about mental health. These guidelines may be helpful.
- Normal stress and adjustment. It is normal to experience some difficulties, discouragement, and self-doubt as you navigate through college.
- Academic stress. The skills and strategies that helped you to do well in high school may not transfer seamlessly into the college setting. You may struggle with self-doubt and perfectionism as you continue to build and develop these necessary skills.
- Crisis. There may be times when your current stressors exceed your ability to cope. You should access mental health services when you feel overwhelmed or unable to manage these issues alone.
- Prior mental health history. If you have been involved in counseling prior to college, you may benefit from continuing this practice while on campus.
Stress is a normal response to change and actually can help us at times. The key is not to try to remove stress from your life but to learn an appropriate level of stress and the skills to manage that stress in your daily life.
To can be difficult to recognize what is an appropriate, healthy level of stress. Ask yourself these questions to determine if your level of stress is appropriate or should be managed through other resources.
- Is your response to current challenges consistent with your typical response to stress?
- How much are stressful emotions interfering with life (for example, going to classes, socializing, taking care of yourself)?
- How long-lasting and chronic are your negative feelings?
- Are you repeating the same or worsening negative thoughts and fears?
- Are you connecting to people on campus (not just friends from home or other virtual connections)?
- Are you taking realistic and productive steps to limit stress?
- Are you using unhelpful coping behaviors such as drinking alcohol excessively or using illegal drugs? — This can be a sign of self-medicating.
- Are you in avoidance mode, not dealing with reality, or maybe covering up the truth?
Simple routines make a significant difference. Try to get “back to the basics.” Sleep and eat in ways that are healthy for you.
Students can access resources, including specific concern topics, via my.denison.edu
In a mental health emergency, you may call Whisler, at 740-587-6200, or use the following options below:
Licking County Crisis Line 211: 740-345-4357 (HELP)