Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College

It takes more than an SAT class to prepare your child to leave for college, according to a recent article published in the Wall Street Journal. Many college students struggle with anxiety and depression as they deal with the major life change of no longer living at home.

According to the article, teens should be able to handle several basic tasks on their own before college. Feeling comfortable with these tasks is particularly important for students with pre-existing mental health issues:

  • Make doctor/dentist appointments.
  • Get enough sleep—without parental prodding.
  • Make travel reservations and get to the airport or train station.
  • Advocate for themselves with teachers and other authority figures.
  • Manage a budget.
  • Manage emotional upheavals.

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