10/7/2015 – 8:40 pm
This is part of a fourteen-week series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face
The services that are offered to students in college can cover a wide range. At the University of Findlay, work has been done to help students deal with emotional issues and substance abuse. Ginny Williams, Assistant Director for UF Counseling Services talked about the work that their office has done at the weekly seminar on addiction in Hancock County.
Since 2014, over 270 students at the University of Findlay have used the counseling services for various reasons. Williams says that students use the service to help with many of the issues they face.
“By far the vast majority of students that we work with daily are dealing with more severe mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or maybe issues as the result of some childhood trauma.” said Williams
Williams says that the current generation of students at UF have been exposed to information on prescription drugs their entire lives. She noted that many students who come into the counseling services want a drug of some kind of help deal with issues.
“It is a balance between getting some assistance for some people to help them manage their situation with medication and then also learning skills and strategies for coping and for managing life.” said Williams
Williams noted that there exists a high demand for psychiatric services in Hancock County, and for their part, the vast majority of students who use the counseling services at UF are higher achieving students in high-demand academic programs.
“Sometimes that’s because by nature they tend to be more perfectionistic. A little more prone to placing high demands and standards on themselves. So when they meet the rigor of their program it can become very stressful and overwhelming.” said Williams.
Williams hoped that the students attending the seminar would be able to understand a bit more about what counseling services offers to the students on campus and how they can help with many issues.
“And that we can target some specific groups and populations here on campus, and that we can intervene on some situations before students develop a very serious addiction problem” said Williams.
Counseling Services is free to students at the University of Findlay. If you would like to use the service, you can stop by the office at 307 Fraizer Street in Findlay or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week, the seminar will discuss the education perspective and will feature the Findlay City Schools Administration as they discuss addiction issues that they’ve encountered and had to deal with in the Findlay City Schools. The seminar will be held in Davis 2225 at the University of Findlay next Wednesday night at 6pm.
The seminars are sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Hancock County Community Partnership, and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.
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