Sunday, December 7, 2014

Being Happy and Healthy at Fordham

It’s that time of year again! Campus is covered in wreaths and lights, student clubs and roommates are doing gift exchanges, and the semester is almost over. As exciting as that is, it also means finals are upon us here at Fordham. Finals, as you are probably realizing, can be a stressful time as paper assignments and exams begin to fill your calendar. Something that students sometimes ask about on campus tours is how Fordham helps students during particularly stressful times, like finals.

Fordham’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) are a great service that students can and should take advantage of. CPS offers twelve free counseling sessions to every Fordham student. These sessions can be one-on-one, and there are also group therapy sessions for women, men, and LGBTQ students. Fordham also offers community referrals and collaboration between campus ministry, health services, career services, and disability services to help students with whatever they may need.

Mental health services are not always foremost in someone’s mind when he or she is looking at colleges, and some people don’t even like to raise the question of what is available and for whom. Whether you end up using CPS yourself, recommending it to a friend, or never even going into the office, it’s important to remember that Fordham has these options and others available for all of its students. It is part of Fordham’s dedication to cura personalis, care of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

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