Stressed city students ask for better management of mental health problems on campus

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The news that a university student who took his life on campus had sent waves of shock to the city's student community recently. However, the most important problem is that he is the last of a long list of unfortunate victims who have chosen this exit, rather than addressing their problems head on. The news, therefore, serves as a reminder for everyone to pause and pay attention to the mental well-being of students in the city. We talk to some students in the city to understand what, according to them, is causing young people to take such an extreme step and how they deal with pressure on a regular basis ...

What are the main causes of stress?

Krishna Upadhyaya, a senior at New Horizon College, says: “I've always been told that I need to get good grades. But I have never been a brilliant student, and this constant pressure took its toll. When I was at school, I never talked to anyone. I used to cry often and felt like a complete loser. They always compared me to other students who had good results in class and that would hurt me a lot. ”However, academic pressure is not the only factor that causes stress and anxiety among students. Vishal Das, a BBA sophomore at St. Claret College, says: “Most of the students, including many of my own class, are doing multiple things. Everyone has multiple talents and when we see many of them involved in multiple activities, one makes one think and wonder about their own abilities. If we don't do that, our parents will point it out. Sometimes, you feel so stressed that it makes you feel useless, which in turn increases unnecessary mental pressure.

It is difficult to strike a balance between studies and extracurricular activities without compromising attendance. “We represent our university in many parties and other events. On top of that, we are supposed to maintain 75% attendance in class. This increases the pressure on students. Universities must be flexible when it comes to the minimum attendance limit, ”adds Vishal.

Coping with the pressures of adapting in a new city

Nishat Jain, who graduated from Mount Carmel College this year and is currently pursuing higher education at the University of Manipal, says: “There were many students from other cities in my lot at Mount Carmel. The pressure of surviving in a new city without parents, making new friends and trying to fit in with the university crowd could generate mixed emotions, affecting their mental well-being and the way they feel about a particular university and city.

Help at hand, but I need more

Pooja Bhandiwad, a senior at PES University, says that psychologists on campus sometimes help students who face stress or mental trauma due to various factors, including bullying by other students. “We receive help from our faculty and counselors, who are present on campus throughout the day. There was a girl in my class who had suicidal tendencies and her condition seemed extreme, but fortunately, the counselors identified her problem and helped her at the right time. She is now better and healthier. Our university is sensitive to cases that involve depression and safety. There are also cases of tense equations with older or younger people, but our faculty representatives and students are quick to solve such situations and provide help, ”he adds.

While universities ensure that counselors are present on campus and often conduct mental health awareness programs, students say more needs to be done. “Our university also has counselors, but I feel they need to be more accessible. Many students doubt approaching them, fearing stigma or being mocked. Counselors should be friendlier and openly discuss issues related to mental health, ”summarizes Vishal.

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