Whether we realize it or not, many of our friends, family members and classmates struggle with mental health or mental health issues. 

This time of year can be very difficult. For many, they’re still adjusting to life away from home. For others, it’s preparing for midterms (because yes, they are in just a few weeks). 

Whatever it may be, mental health is important for people to pay attention to. Balancing work, school, and life in general, is no easy task. 

One in five college students consider suicide, according to a survey of 67,000 college students in a study done last September by Harvard Medical School. 

On top of moving away from home for the first time, college students are faced with higher expectations, new relationships and any number of situations. 

There are a lot of challenges that can pop up and are unavoidable, like tests and projects. But, it’s really about finding and using healthy coping mechanisms to minimize the stress. 

In an article from the American Psychology Association, there are seven main tips to dealing with stress: Understand your stress, identify your sources of stress, recognize how you deal with stress, learn your own stress signals, recognize how you deal with stress, find healthy ways to manage your stress, take care of yourself and reach out for support. 

While paying attention to your own mental health is imperative, reaching out to others that might also be struggling is also important. 

Pay attention to not only those close to you, but to your classmates. Even if you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone individually, notifying a teacher can go a long way. 

So, check in on your friends, even the ones who seem the most healthy, because you never know what’s going on behind the curtain. 

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