Education and Programming
To promote wellness among Jefferson College the Counseling Center staff is available to the campus community for educational programming-in the residence halls, in the classroom, and as guests of various campus organizations and groups.
Referral recommendations can also be made with respect to off-campus speakers who may have expertise in a particular area. Possible discussion topics could include but are not limited to: Eating disorders, addictions, wellness, dealing with disabilities, etc.
In addition to offering seminars, complimentary handouts are available at the Counseling Center on a variety of topics. Feel free to pick up any of the following in the Counseling Center waiting room: Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Domestic Violence, Stress, Date Rape, Sex.
Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff to Help Students in Distress
College life can be one of excitement and evolution. At the same time, students may also encounter a great deal of academic, personal and social stress during their educational experience. While most students cope with the demands of college life, sometimes the pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable.
Faculty and staff are often on the frontline to identify students in distress. Students perceive you as a mentor, advisor and source of support. Your expression of interest and concern may be critical in helping a student reestablish the emotional equilibrium necessary for academic success.
JCHS Counseling & Wellness Services has developed a guide to assist you in working with students in distress, connecting them to professional sources of help.
Ulifeline (http://www.ulifeline.org/schools/jchs) is an anonymous, internet-based resource that provides students with a non-threatening and supportive link to mental health issues
Dr. Robert Hsiung (http://www2.hsc.edu/counseling/vpc/ ) from the University of Chicago has an unabridged virtual pamphlet where you can access information regarding anger, depression, assertiveness, relationships, stress, and much much more.
The following are links to topics which we think might be helpful or informative. They cover topics pertinent to college students, as well as informative links which may help you better understand a friend or family member.
- Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders (ANRED). (http://www.anred.com/toc.html)
A comprehensive page on the range of eating-disordered behavior--under eating, binge eating, overeating, compulsive exercise. Includes definitions, descriptions, statistics, warning signs, causes, treatment and recovery. Special section on athletes with eating disorders.
Anxiety and Depression
- Depression and anti-depressant medications.(http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/depressionmenu.cfm)
A part of the depression.com web page. Information on medications commonly used to treat depression. Return to the site map for broad information on depression including: Types, living with a depressed person, suicide, and non-drug therapies.
- Anxiety disorders. (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/anxietymenu.cfm)
National Institute of Mental Health. Helpful fact sheets related to panic, persistent anxiety, phobias, trauma responses, obsessive thinking, and compulsive behaviors.
- National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI). (http://www.nami.org/)
Supports individuals with mental health brain disorders, as well as their family members. Advocates for the understanding of mental illness. Information, local chapters, support groups.
Substance Use Issues
- NIDA - Drug abuse. (http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofacts/Infofaxindex.html)
Science-based facts on drug abuse and addiction.
- NIDA - Nicotine. (http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchreports/nicotine/nicotine.html)
Research report on nicotine addiction.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/)
Frequently asked questions on alcohol abuse and alcohol.
- Street Drugs (http://www.streetdrugs.org/)
A helpful resource website which defines various drug substances.