#034 – A Discussion About College Students and Mental Health: An Interview with Dr. Eric Endlich

Dr. Eric Endlich is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with teens and adults and the founder of Top College Consultants. In this episode Lynn and Vicki chat with Dr. Endlich about some of the most common mental health concerns facing college students today. Whether it is anxiety, depression, addiction, or learning challenges, parents and students can work together to help students find ways to cope. Dr. Endlich emphasizes that parents don’t always need to have answers, and that communication skills are key to exploring solutions.

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We were pleased to have Dr. Eric Endlich with us for this important discussion about college students and their mental health.

Dr. Eric Endlich is founder of Top College Consultants. He helps students worldwide, especially those with learning differences or emotional challenges transition to college and graduate school.  Dr. Endlich is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with teens and adults.  Dr. Endlich is on the learning differences neurodiversity committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and clinical advisory board of the Aspergers/Autisim Network (AANE). He co-administers a Facebook  group called Parents of College-bound Students with Learning Disabilities ADHD & ASD. Dr. Endlich has presented nationally at conferences and is widely published on neurodiversity and college admissions. He has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Boston College, Tufts, Suffolk and the University of Massachusetts/Boston.

Dr. Endlich helped us understand about several aspects of student mental health, including some of the different types of anxiety that students may experience and how the uncertainty around the pandemic can be a factor. He discussed the skyrocketing needs for mental health services on campus and reminded us that students can seek many different types of resources, including peers, faculty members, and other staff members.

Perhaps most important to us as parents was Dr. Endlich’s advice about the importance of talking with our students about mental health – and the importance of listening to them.

If you’d like to do some reading around the topic of Positive Psychology and Happiness, Dr. Endlich recommended two books as well as a set of workbooks that might be helpful.

Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

Flourish by Martin Seligman

New Harbinger Workbooks

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Eric Endlich and his consulting work, check out topcollegeconsultants.com

And here are a few related College Parent Central articles that might also be helpful.

Twelve Things You Can Do to Help You Listen to Your College Student

What FERPA Means for You and Your College Student

Helping Your College Student Cope with Stress

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