In order to enable smooth and focused learning, all students must be in good physical and mental condition. The mental health of students is one of the most important things that must be preserved so that the path to achieving their dreams is not blocked. But the reality is that many students of all ages experience mental health stress. Mainly international students who appeared in several cases from different countries. What is mental health really like? And what needs to be done to ensure that the mental health of students is maintained in the long term?
About students and student mental health
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is a state of well-being in which each individual can develop their own potential. This means they can handle the normal pressures of life, work productively and successfully, and contribute to their community. In fact, however, events that impact trauma from violence, excessive pressure, or long-term stress often occur.
If mental health is disturbed, mental disorders or mental illnesses occur. Mental disorders can change the way a person deals with stress, interacts with others, makes decisions, and triggers feelings of self-harm. Of course, if nothing is done, it becomes very dangerous, especially among students who need to receive common sense education for a better future.
According to international surveys, the issue of student mental health is now a major problem in several countries. This is because this disorder can affect anyone regardless of origin. Mozaic Science, through the World Economic Forum (WEF), notes that the number of UK students attending the campus advisory service has almost quintupled compared to 10 years ago. Similarly, in the United States, depression and anxiety have emerged in children under the age of 17. With regard to the age of the students, the demand for advice is increasing. Indeed, students are vulnerable to mental health problems because they have to deal with a new social environment, they face demands to pursue a career, and they face financial problems.
In Indonesia, students’ mental health problems have become a bigger concern since the Covid-19 pandemic. With distance learning becoming mandatory, cases of anxiety and mental health among college and university students rose to 63.6% due to the pandemic.
Tips for maintaining student mental health
Usually, when a person suffers from anxiety and mental health problems, negative thoughts surface and disturb. To get rid of all that, you can distract yourself with exercise. When you exercise, you consume endorphins, which suppress levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
This way you can further improve your mood or mood as it is actually a hobby that you love. The feeling of pressure you are experiencing can also be reduced and replaced with more positive feelings.
Search for system support
To support long-term mental health, you can join some communities that support students struggling with depression and stress. By building positive relationships with the right environment, you will feel like you are not alone in the problems you encounter.
Seek professional help
If you are affected by mental health problems, do not try to deny it. Seek professional help immediately, e.g. B. a study advisor or psychologist. Do not diagnose yourself, yes, because it will have more serious effects on your mental health.
What if you find out your friend has mental health issues? You can accompany him to seek professional help. By avoiding taking turns and moving forward, sincere support from loved ones can save them from actions that harm their future.