College students are back on campus. But for some, it’s not all pizza night, keg parties, and hanging out with friends. Once the excitement of move-in day winds down, many students face mental-health challenges—anxiety, depression, and chronic emotional stress.
A recent study from Boston University found that depression, anxiety, and loneliness is rampant among college students. In the survey of 33,000 undergrads, more than 80 percent said their mental health had negatively impacted their academic performance. Two-thirds said they feel lonely and isolated. Students are also stressed out about relationships and roommate issues, families that pile on too much pressure or not enough support, finances, and the outlook for their future.
Every college has a counseling center, but some universities are stepping up their game by adding wellness programs that encourage mindfulness practices.
See also: What Is Mindfulness, Really?
Spa-like services (and a dog, of course)
Take the new Well-Being Center at the University of Richmond. The state-of-the-art space offers spa-like amenities on campus. Heather Sadowski, MPH, U of R’s director of health promotion, says their programs focus on five areas of wellness—exercise, nutrition, self-care, mindfulness, and sleep.