Trauma is an all-too-common experience in college. Students face a variety of stressors, from academic pressure and financial hardship to social pressures and personal challenges. For example, many students come to college with the hope that it will help them transition into adulthood with ease. But sometimes this doesn’t happen; life happens unexpectedly and we find ourselves having difficulty coping with these changes. If you’re going through trauma right now or know someone who does (or just want some tips for dealing with your own experiences), here are three questions I recommend asking:
How do I move forward?
The first step to moving on from your trauma is taking care of yourself. You need to be eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. It’s also important to talk about your experience with someone who is supportive—a friend or family member can help you process what happened in a way that makes sense for you. If talking doesn’t feel right for you, there are other options available: professional counselors are trained professionals who have spent years learning how people deal with trauma; they understand the effects of abuse differently than most people do (and may even be able to help guide them through those effects).
Does my university have resources for students who experience trauma?
If you are a student at a university, you may be able to find resources that can help you through the trauma of being assaulted or harassed. If your university does not have any specific programs for victims of sexual assault or harassment, it could be helpful to look into other types of counseling options on campus.
Some universities have mental health centers that offer free sessions with a licensed therapist in addition to programs like peer support groups and self-help books. Campus health centers may also be able to provide assistance with medical care and therapy if necessary. If you need help but don’t know where else to turn, talk directly with an employee at one of these centers about how they can help—or call 911 for emergency services if needed!
If your school does have resources available but isn’t equipped enough yet by itself (e.,g., lack funding), then consider contacting advocacy groups such as RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) which has been around since 1994 helping victims across America obtain justice against their attackers while educating them about what happened during those traumatic times so they understand why these things happen now instead just blaming themselves; knowing this will hopefully prevent future occurrences elsewhere too.”
What are the best ways to cope with my trauma?
It’s important to remember that your trauma isn’t going away on its own. You’ll have to work through it in order for your body, mind and spirit to find a way back into balance. Here are some ways you can start coping with your trauma:
- Exercise (physical or mental) – This is an easy one! Find something that works for you—whether it’s running, playing sports or doing yoga, just get moving! Also make sure to incorporate meditation into your routine so that you’re getting some much-needed downtime every now and then.
- Journaling – If writing is something of which you’re good at anyway, journaling can be hugely helpful as well because it allows us all the opportunity to express ourselves without having anyone else there who might judge us on how we choose words or sentences; instead we write about whatever comes up in our minds when faced with adversity such as trauma experienced during childhood development stages such as abuse issues…etcetera.”
Consider sharing with a health professional, find out how you can reach out to the counseling center and look into other coping strategies.
- You can find a health professional you trust.
- You may want to consider talking with someone at the counseling center about services available and how they work. They can also help you find another health professional who is trained in trauma-related issues, such as PTSD or depression. The counseling center’s website has more information on these resources, including links where students can get more information on what they are looking for in a counselor or therapist: www.osucoacenterforwellnessandstudentsupportservices.org/get-help/.
- You may be able to reach out directly through one of these resources: www2studyatohio (OSU), www2ohio (OSU), www2stateuniversityofohio(OSU), studyatohio (OSU)
If you’re in college or grad school, it’s important to remember that trauma can affect you—and that there are resources available for those who need them. If you feel like your trauma is affecting your health and well-being, reach out for support from a specialist or counselor who can help walk you through the process of recovery. As long as we take care of ourselves, we can handle whatever life throws our way!