Information for Parents
Supporting your Student
Having a student in college can be an exciting time, and also a stressful time. With all the changes and development that students go through, it is natural for students to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed at times. It can be difficult to support your student during these times.
We at CAPS are here to help your student succeed, and encourage you to look at some of our parents resources or call us if you have any questions or concerns. We are a group of mental health professionals experienced and dedicated to working with college students, and we look forward to partnering with you to help your student.
It can be difficult for parents to support their student from afar. Here are some general tips:
- Stay connected.
Listen, but stay away from giving too much advice. College is a time for your student to learn about themselves and solve their own problems.
- Ask questions.
Show that you are interested in what your student is doing, how they are adjusting, or what they are learning about. Even if they do not talk in-depth about anything every time, they will know that when they do need someone to talk to, you are there for them.
- Expect change.
Your student is learning about themselves!
- Know campus resources.
Become familiar with the resources on campus so you can guide your student if necessary.
- Trust your student.
Try to avoid giving too much advice. College is a time when your student is learning to be independent and make decisions on their own. They will make mistakes; it is a part of development and learning. Trust that they will be able to solve most of their own problems, and be ready for when they really need your help.
When to Seek Professional Help for Your Student
It is difficult to watch your student struggle through any of the challenges that come with being in college. If you notice that your student is having difficulties, talk with them to see if it is something they can work through on their own and encourage them to utilize the campus resources.
You may notice a significant change in your student's mood, behavior, or routine. Many of these changes are a normal part of the developmental/growing up process. Sometimes when these changes are more dramatic, it could be a sign of something more. If you are not sure, talk to your student to see what might be going on.
If you are still concerned about your student, encourage them to talk with someone at Counseling and Psychological Services. We are here to help.