The transition into college is one of the largest transitions that will happen in your child’s life. Every aspect of it is new, and it can come with many rewards as well as challenges. These challenges can become even greater for those with previous or existing mental health disorders. While college can include some of the best times of your child’s life, it can also come with situations and stresses that can potentially bring forth unpleasant feelings such as anxiety or depression.
Transition Year is a wonderful tool to assist you in helping your child adjust to the transition into college, particularly if you have concerns about their mental health. If your child is not currently suffering from mental health issues, Transition Year is still a great resource to keep in your back pocket just in case new anxieties or worries arise during their first year. From making friends to doing well in classes, any aspect of your child’s new life in college can lead to stress.
Highlights: Here are some of our favorite parts of Transition Year.
The individual articles are our favorite part of Transition Year. Anything that might be concerning you about your child, from drinking to classes to mental health, Transition Year has an article about it. Here are some that we found particularly helpful:
2. Q & A
The question and answer portion is another wonderful resource for any questions about your child’s college experience. Similarly to our blog, anyone with a login can post a question and a psychologist will answer. Past users have asked questions about general communication with their child, their child’s depression/anxiety, and their child’s concern for a friend who may need mental health services. The questions are categorized and open for any user to see.
The Links and Resources tab is great for getting further resources on specific concerns. The links are organized into different topics and include hotlines, websites, and peer support groups.
Check out Transition Year if your child is anywhere in their transition process into college. Let us know what you found helpful!