How to Create a College Mental Health Action Plan for Yourself

Check-in on Your Mental Health and Take Action with the Leader in TMS Towson

It’s a major misconception that college students cannot be depressed or struggle with mental health issues because they don’t face ‘real-world problems.’ From financial issues to busy schedules and relationship problems, college students face just as many real-world issues as the standard adult. As a matter of fact, studies show that young adults ages 18-24 are more likely than any other age group to battle with mental health issues. That’s why the leaders in TMS Towson at Psych Associates of Maryland are here to help you create a mental health action plan for yourself. From regular check-ins with yourself to finding treatment, we’re here to help you take action to stay proactive about your mental health.

Plan a Regular Mental Health Check-In with Yourself

The Leader in TMS Towson Recommends Honest Introspection

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One of the most important things you can do to keep track of your mental health, according to the leaders of TMS Towson, is to take the time to check in with yourself. Your college mental health action plan should include honest introspection about how you’re feeling and doing at any given time. Mental health issues can creep up quickly during times of high stress or in the winter months, which is why it’s important to check in with yourself every two weeks or so.

Some of the questions you should ask yourself include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Can I concentrate in class?
  • Am I abnormally tired?
  • Have I experiences a change in energy?
  • Have I been feeling like myself?
  • Am I angry or irritable?
  • Have I been caring for my body properly?

These questions, when answered honestly, can help clue you into whether or not there may be an underlying mental health issue. Luckily, performing a regular check-in with yourself can help you get ahead of any major mental health issues before they become severe or debilitating.

Plan Your First Point of Contact

Choose a Trusted Mental Health Confidant

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If you do find that things are a little abnormal during your mental health check-in, don’t panic. Everyone feels down and not like themselves sometimes, but it’s important to know when you should get help.

Before visiting the leader in TMS Towson, it’s a good idea to talk through your thoughts and feelings with a trusted confidant. This person ideally is a supportive figure in your life who wants you to get help if needed. Whether this person is your roommate, friend, parent, or favorite professor, taking the time to talk it out can help you realize what’s going on. Additionally, you’ll gain insight from someone close to you about what to do next to manage your mental health concerns.

Make an Appointment with Mental Health Services

Have Contact Information Ready for Mental health Services and the Leaders of TMS Towson

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The next step in your college mental health action plan is to find the appropriate help. Ideally, you’ll already have the contact information ready when you need it. This is important because it’s easy to put off calling a professional when you’re feeling down. By having the following contact information readily available, it’s easier to motivate yourself to get the help you need:

  • Crisis Contact Information: Baltimore County Crisis Center can be reached at 410-931-2214 
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: the 24/7 hotline for suicidal thoughts or intent can be reached at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Student Mental Health Services: keep the contact information for your college’s mental health services on hand and easily accessible. Although the demand is often high on campus, it’s usually worth trying.
  • Psych Associates of Maryland: the leaders in mental health treatment and TMS Towson are located nearby to help you with your mental health needs. All contact information can be found here.

One of the biggest benefits of choosing Psych Associates of Maryland is having access to a wide variety of mental health treatment options include TMS. TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, is the painless and noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to help stimulate understimulated portions of the brain that cause depression. Great for college students who don’t want to take anti-depressants or for people whose mental health is not treated well by medication, TMS Towson is the solution that could be right for you.

Establish Healthy, Self-Compassionate Practices During Treatment

During Treatment, Find Ways to Establish Healthy Balance

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Part of your college mental health action plan should obviously include reaching out to get the help you need. However, what’s not so obvious is the fact that you should take additional steps to care for yourself during and before treatment. It’s important to approach your mental health with honestly, balance, and self-compassion. A great way to mitigate stress and mental health issues is to get on a clear schedule. Carve out study time, meals, relaxation, exercise, and breaks that allow you to step back and breathe when necessary.

Think it’s time to get your college mental health action plan rolling? Get in touch with the team at Psych Associates of Maryland to inquire about our services and see if TMS could be right for you.


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