Many college students come to campus with mental health conditions for which they are receiving treatment. For these students, maintaining continuity of care is vital.
While it may seem overwhelming, scary and disruptive to change mental health providers or start treatment in a new place, college is an important next step in an emerging adult’s life. You and your child can minimize stress and maximize your kid’s chance for success on campus by making clear, manageable plans for treatment in advance of your child’s departure.
Have your child talk to the current treatment provider about moving. Many of us who work privately with college-bound students have relationships either with on-campus resources or with providers close to campus. The current treatment provider will have vital knowledge about your child’s needs and will be able to guide him toward effective and accessible help. At least for the first year, your kid should continue treatment with someone recommended or vetted by his current therapist.
Continue with current treatment. Moving to campus changes everything. Your child might be more likely to miss medication or to skip behavioral homework, like mindfulness meditation or exposure exercises for social anxiety, around the time she moves to campus. Take reasonable steps to make sure that medications are not missed and that she tak