By Narena Nerahoo ’24, Fathima Yumna Hussain ’25, and Olivia Bamford ’24
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is incredibly timely to the Lafayette community as finals season and end of the semester approach. The Counseling Center shares resources and events on campus for the next two weeks that will help promote student mental health and well-being.
The Counseling Center has planned several initiatives in collaboration with the Office of Case Management including:
Keiba Bragg-Best, LPC, staff counselor and outreach coordinator at the Counseling Center, and Fallyn Lee, Ph.D., staff psychologist and prevention coordinator, share insights on how to prepare for finals season and end-of-semester transition.
Bragg-Best emphasizes the importance of taking care of your physical health as much as your mental health during this time.
“Taking care of yourself can include, but is not limited to, getting adequate sleep, incorporating movement in your life (i.e., going for a walk, run, dancing, etc.), being self-compassionate, staying hydrated, being attuned to your emotions, welcoming a space for gratitude, taking breaks, and reminding yourself that most things are temporary.”
Lee says it’s important to be proactive instead of reactive to stressful situations. “If you know you are about to enter a stressful time, such as studying for a final exam or working on a final paper, think about things to do before, during, and after the stressful situation so that you can feel better prepared.”