Mental Health

Mental Health Concerns During College

Mental health is a major concern for people of all ages, including adolescents and young adults. During these years, our bodies and life circumstances change rapidly as we “grow up,” establish our identities, form new relationships, and strike out on our own in school and with jobs for the first time.  Lots of decisions need to be made. All this change can be exciting and present wonderful opportunities for fulfillment, but can also lead to significant pressure and stress. Sometimes the stresses are manageable with the support of friends and family, relaxation techniques, and/or making life style changes, such as getting more sleep or exercise or making other simple changes.

On the other hand, sometimes the pressures can lead to significant clinical depression and/or anxiety disorders or serious eating disorders. Also, adolescence and young adulthood are times when genetic predispositions to inherited mental health illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia, often first manifest themselves.

Getting Help for Mental Health Concerns at UNH

Physicians and nurse practitioners at Health & Wellness are experienced at diagnosing common mental health problems, particularly depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

We can prescribe antidepressants and/or anti-anxiety medication, when appropriate. This is often done in conjunction with psychotherapy which can be provided by either the UNH Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) or an off campus psychotherapist. 

A psychiatrist is available on campus on a very limited basis for consultation regarding diagnosis and/or treatment. Visits with the psychiatrist may only be scheduled by referral from one of our clinicians. We can also make referrals to psychiatrists in the area, when appropriate, especially for more complicated problems.

The Living Well Services may be of additional assistance. The office provides confidential, individualized and short-term health counseling/education sessions that focus on skill building and self-care.

Wellness Educators/Counselors are available to address a variety of health and wellness topics: stress management, sleep, alcohol and other drugs, tobacco cessation, nutrition, eating concerns, chronic illness, sexual health, sexual orientation, gender identity and anger management. Peer support is also available for eating concerns, body image concerns and alcohol and other drugs use. 

If you feel that you need help with a mental health concern, call us at (603) 862-2856. We can assist you in deciding whether you should contact the UNH Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS), see someone in Living Well Services, or schedule an appointment with one of our physicians or nurse practitioners.

Suicide Prevention Training 

PACS offers one-hour, in-person suicide prevention training called QPR for all faculty, staff, and students. QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, is much like CPR; they are both basic strategies to keep a person alive until they can receive medical or mental health care. You can think of it as a "safety net."

Read more and request QPR training here

Learn more about suicide prevention below

Additional Mental Health Resources