A. We don't have a good sense of how prevalent the issues are. Use the term "crisis" to promote awareness of how serious the issue is. The conversation needs to push forward so we can better understand it.
Increasing levels of distress and numbers of people coming in. Is this a result of actual increase or reduced stigma, allowing people to feel comfortable going into a counseling center?
Not enough data. Could be response bias or selection bias in who takes part in the study. Need broader studies across all disciplines.
Numbers of students reporting issues of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, etc. IS increasing, though.
A. Unique stressors at every point. Graduate students are generally high achievers. In a group setting, this can cause you to question yourself. Are you the one who doesn't belong, isn't good enough?
Reach out to clinical experts. Notify someone that there could be an issue. Need to rely on those who are equipped to handle a situation. Help student get to appropriate resource.
Need to have support system outside of the department that students can go to. Someone who can provide conflict resolution. Peer groups among students are also helpful- sense of community.
Can be helpful to talk about impact of what someone is experiencing. They may relate better to those terms as opposed to clinical terms.
YES! This is why I started therapy in the first place. So important to recognize the limit or capacity of someone to provide support, no matter how much they love or care about you.
Need to take the time to heal. Easy to fall back into a negative pattern if returning too quickly. Taking a step back can provide perspective & help you remember why you are doing something. Regain inspiration.