LSU Mental Health Services and students express the importance of seeking help

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- At the beginning of 2021, LSU Freshman Liz Leblanc reached out to the campus mental health services after a year of trauma and isolation from the pandemic.

“I’ve also had depression a little bit. Because I am an online student. It’s been really tough getting out and about because I have all online classes, I am pretty much at my apartment all the time,” Leblanc said.

Leblanc is one out of many who says being a student during a global pandemic is taking a toll on the stability of their mental health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of four young adults from the ages of 18-24 say they suffer with poor mental health.

“Since pre covid and post covid we have seen a steady amount of students reach out for services,” Ramie Thibodeaux, LSU Mental Health Services Director said.

Since the start of the pandemic, the department is offering new services to combat issues that students have never felt before.

“They are coming in after hurricane season, grief, stress,” Thibodeaux said.

LSU Sophomore Chloe Hawkins says isolation is the cause of her poor mental health. Since Spring of 2020 Hawkins has spent a total of two months in quarantine.

“I think it’s mental burn out at this point. Not having a break and keep pushing and now its dead week and finals next week, we haven’t had a break up until this point,” she said. “Not being able to be at in person classes and you can’t go because of quarantine takes a big mental toll and a lot of stress.”

Students say stress of virtual learning, lack of socializing and even the recent on campus sexual assault allegations is effecting their mental health.

Hawkins says the recent case of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier has pushed her mental health back.

“When they found out Kori was in the river that made me want to not leave my house and go stuff even when I already spend a lot of time with myself,” Hawkins said.

The LSU Mental Health Services offers the following:

  • Educational seminars
  • Induvial therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Virtual and in person counseling and more

Thibodeaux wants students to understand reaching out for help should not be taboo.

“We can help you figure out what kind of care is best appropriate,” she said.

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