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The Vermont Connection

Authors

Jesse Wingate

Abstract

In recent years, the mental health of students on college and university campuses has grown increasingly important to student affairs professionals and counselors. Unresolved mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, and depression can develop into physical ailments, thus causing greater threat to students’ health and wellbeing on college campuses. Students often lack the ability to cope healthily to stressors and mental health ailments that subsequently affect their overall well-being. This article will address the benefits of writing as a form of disclosure, while briefly introducing ways that students assuage symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. Through the consideration of journaling techniques utilized by psychologists today, this article will introduce student affairs practitioners and counselors to techniques in which writing can be therapeutic in daily practices.