In our last article, we considered some characteristics and causes of college student stress. In this article, we continue the examination of student stress by considering some things that parents might discuss with their student who is experiencing stress.
As parents, we want to help our students have the best college experience possible. We want to protect them from harmful things and keep them healthy. Some of the difficulty that we experience is knowing that we cannot always ”make things better”. In our role as coaches rather than caretakers, we are limited to offering suggestions to our students and then letting them take control of their lives. This may be especially true when we sense that our student is experiencing a difficult time physically or emotionally.
As college parents, we must continue to trust the parental radar that may indicate when our student’s stress is more than the normal everyday stress of dealing with college life. If you have an indication that your student is having extreme emotional difficulty, suggest immediately that your student speak to someone at school. Most schools have counselors, psychologists, or other mental health professionals who are ready to help and experienced in college student issues. If you fear for your student’s well being, contact someone at school. They may not be able to share information with you, but they can check on your student.