Hastings College talks mental health, resources and services

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Charles L. Stone Health Center at Hastings College is just one of the ways the College helps students' mental wellness.

Faculty meets with a student at Hastings College.

Prior to the year faculty at the College are taking into consideration all the things that could cause a student's mental health to lapse. Things such as exams, living away from home and making new friends.

During the course of the year the College is keeping an eye out for warning signs of someone who may need help or is falling behind.

"When we think about mental health as an all encompassing part of who we are as human beings, it might be one of the most important things we talk about with our students," Dean of Students Lisa Smith said.

Smith explained the Hastings' new block schedule, a 16-week schedule comprised of one two-week block, two seven-week blocks and another two-week block, was created in an effort to help students become more whole. The new schedule gives students more time to build a relationship with professors, work on course load and work on themselves.

"I think it's the only thing that will make you successful, right?" Senior Alli Kennon said. "It's the building block in order to make sure that you can take care of your school and activities you have to focus on the self first."

Kennon is heavily involved on campus and with the Health Center and says that, regardless of the negative stigma around mental health discussion, people should not be intimated by reaching out and asking for help.

The Health Center offers free guidance to students and there is no limit to how many sessions a student can make with a counselor.