Having a student head off to university is a major milestone in the life of a family. It can be especially overwhelming when parents/guardians feel unsure of their student’s access to needed mental health resources. The Center for Counseling and Wellness exists as the hub for mental health services at Calvin University, and we are here to help your student navigate the emotional complexities of university life.
Counseling & Wellness services are free for all Calvin students, encompassing a wide range of resources. All services utilize a strengths-based model, building on the inherent resources of each individual. Workshops, groups, seminars and online tools help students grow in resilience and coping abilities. Individual counseling is available on a short-term, one-session-at-a-time basis for students who are experiencing significant depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. For students seeking specialized or intensive services, customized referrals can be made to off-campus providers who are skilled in working with university students.
Because we recognize the complexities of parenting university students, we have assembled some resources to guide parents/guardians in understanding their students' emotional needs during the university years. If you have remaining questions, please feel free to reach out directly to Counseling & Wellness.
Many resources are available for parents in navigating the tricky terrain of parenting a university student. You will find tips, guidelines and mental health information within these links that can guide you as you seek to support your student in thriving through the university years.
Mental health in university
- JED NAMI—Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health
- Active Minds—Your Student at College: A Mental Health Checklist for Parents
- NAMI—Mental Health Conditions
- U.S. News—How Parents Can Identify Mental Health Problems in Their College Kids
- Grown and Flown—Mental Health in College: What Parents Need to Know
Parenting your university student
- Mental Health Checklist: 7 Parent Tips—Active Minds
- The Washington Post—9 Tips on How to be a Good College Parent
- AC Online—Supportive Parents, Successful Students: Guidebook for Parents of the College-Bound
- Jed Foundation—Transitioning to College: Parents Can Help Ease the Process
- Great Schools—Letting Go: Tips for Parents of New College Students
- ThoughtCo—10 Tips for Saying Goodbye to Your College-Bound Child
- NPR—College Students (And Their Parents) Face A Campus Mental Health 'Epidemic'
- Family Members and Caregivers (NAMI)
- Offering Help (Active Minds)
- Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health (The JED Foundation)
- Fall Semester—A Time for Parents To Discuss the Risks of College Drinking