The college years are exciting and challenging. At times the demands can be complicated and daunting. The Personal Counseling Center is a place where students can expect professional assistance with emotional and psycho-social concerns. Anxiety, confusion, depression, and anger are among the many psychological obstacles to well-being, and often diminish potential and achievement.
Asking for help during vulnerable times is a sign of strength.
A counselor can give feedback, encourage further questioning, validate self-awareness and responsibility, and support students until self confidence is secure again.
Full time undergraduate students are eligible for all services of the Personal Counseling Center. Part time undergraduates, School of Continuing Education students and graduate students are eligible for consultation and referral when appropriate.
All services are confidential within the limits of the law and professional ethics.
If you are anxious about the report of several cases of bacterial meningitis at Providence College, we would like to help. While the abundance of information about meningitis is important to raise awareness and inform the campus community, it can also add to worries about one’s personal health. Such responses are understandable.
What you can do:
Get the facts
. Pay attention to information posted by the College from the RI Department of Health and the CDC (http://www.providence.edu/health-center/meningitis/Pages/default.aspx
). It is based on the best medical and public health assessment of the situation. Be aware that stressful situations often generate false rumors that can further add to your stress. Seek out accurate information and ask questions as needed.
Keep things in perspective. Your actual risk of contracting meningitis is very low, especially if you follow public health recommendations to limit exposure.
Stay healthy. A healthy lifestyle - including proper diet, sleep, and exercise - is always a good idea. Adopting hygienic habits such as washing your hands regularly and coughing into a sleeve or tissue will also minimize your exposure to all types of germs and disease sources. A healthy body can have a positive impact on your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to make better decisions and deal with uncertainties.
Take action. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms, visit or contact Student Health Services. Even if you think your symptoms might be generated by anxiety or stress, see a medical provider anyway. He or she can assist with treatment or reassurance.
Keep connected. Maintaining social networks and activities can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Stay or become involved in campus activities, campus ministry programs, or residence hall events.
Seek additional help as needed. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression that interfere with your well-being or functioning, seek assistance from the Personal Counseling Center (401-865-2343). If you would like other support you can also contact Campus Ministry (401-865-2216). If you'd like to speak with a member of the Counseling Center or a Campus Minister outside of normal office hours, please call 401-865-1333.