MU Counseling Center Therapist Talks to MU Students

COLUMBIA, Mo – Although moderate stress can be helpful for daily functions, too much stress can get in the way of performing daily tasks.

According to the 2016 Missouri Assessment of College Health and Behavior Survey, 60 percent of students reported that stress impacts their daily life.

Dr. Beatriz Palma, a therapist at the MU Counseling Center, talked to MU students yesterday about mental health and the resources available to them.

“Mental health is having a balanced relationship with your thoughts, behaviors and feelings in such a way so that you can respond to the demands of daily life in a healthy way,” Palma said.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. 86 percent of those college students who die by suicide had never accessed counseling services, Palma said.

When something is ongoing for a long time and you are not able to be doing what needs to be done, that is when it can start to become a problem and you should seek help.

According to the Well-Being and Mental Health Data created by the PIP Research Staff in 2016, the top three ways MU students cope with stress is by making a to-do list, exercising and sleeping.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of sleep,” Palma said.

If you are in doubt, the Counseling Center encourages you to call. They have services for no additional cost, individual therapy, 24-hour crisis support phone lines, and walk-in crisis support Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Bottom line, you don’t need to be alone,” Palma said.