Wellness center is a space to quiet the mind, recharge the body

Majeda Humeidan, Hoaglin’s director of mental well-being and psychologist, noted that young adults across the nation have experienced a rise in mental health concerns in recent years.

She cited a recent study from the Collegiate Mental Health Report that found 72% of American college students say Covid has impacted their mental health in a negative way.

“Young adults are aware of the strong connection between mental and physical health,” Humeidan said. “Having the Hoaglin center at Denison that attends to the whole person allows students to more holistically engage in their well-being.”

She also referenced a survey from the Census Bureau that states symptoms of anxiety and depression “on a near-daily basis” had spiked to 41% among adults in 2021 — a 30% increase from 2019. Beyond isolation and other challenges faced during the pandemic, factors such as the political climate, uncertainty about the future, and changes in access to social support have contributed to a rise in anxiety, according to a 2022 Harris poll.

Nearly 700 individual therapy sessions have been offered over the past six weeks at Hoaglin Counseling Services, Humeidan said, and at least one quarter of enrolled students seek counseling services at some point in their academic journey.

Humeidan is one of seven full-time mental health clinicians working at the Hoaglin Center’s counseling services. A part-time psychiatrist from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center also recently joined the team. One-on-one mental health assessments and therapy sessions are common at most universities, and necessary for diagnosable clinical mental health disorders, but Humeidan lauds the proactive work of Denison’s wellness programs which help enhance mental and physical well-being.

“When students come to us, they are quite positive about the new center, its location, and quick access to a broad range of services,” she said. “We are continuing to assess needs and looking to increase collaboration across departments to enhance positive coping, emotional regulation, and self care among students — all skills that can also be taught outside of one-on-one counseling.”

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