Maintaining Wellness

An overview of the Counseling Center located in Downs Hall

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Maintaining Wellness

The Counseling Center, located in Downs Hall, Room 127 is a resource students can use to seek guidance.

Brandon Gervais, Editor

When entering and navigating the ups and downs of college life, it is important to have resources available to students that help with the lows and celebrate the highs. The Kean University Counseling Center is a place that is available to all Kean students. It is included with tuition and the counselors are qualified to assist students with anything they may need help with.

Located in Downs Hall, Room 127, one of the Counseling Center's goals are to optimize student wellness. Wellness is broken up into eight dimensions by the Counseling Center. The 8 Dimensions of Wellness are as follows:

The Counseling Center is available as an area for students to utilize for a variety of different reasons, all of which surrounding their overall mental and emotional health. The center is dedicated to making individuals feel their best by handling situations in a healthy way. With the adjustment to the overall college experience specific stressors will arrive in a students life. Some of these stressors include:

  • Academic difficulties
  • Financial worries
  • Social, romantic or family conflicts                               
  • Drug/alcohol concerns or addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating concerns
  • Gender identity/sexuality concerns
  • Sexual or physical assault

When doing appointments with a counselor of the Counselling Center students can rest assured that their meetings are strictly confidential. No information of what is discussed will be repeated to any other person except the student and the counselor themselves, unless there is reason to suppose that a greater issue is evident. For example, if a counselor has any reason to believe that a student will harm themselves or someone else, there is no guarantee that the session will be confidential.

When reaching out for resources to help with mental health people become hesitant to seek assitance. Maintaining mental health is equally important as physical health and a large part of one's well being. The Counseling Center wants students to know that they do not have to take on all of their burdens alone. Students can use the center to help alleviate stress and learn about different ways to manage their lives.

The purpose of the Counseling Center is to support students in finding their goals.

For students looking to improve or even just get a check up on their mental health, the Counseling Center has a free online mental health screening survey on their Kean web page. This screening is not an exact representation of one's mental health, but rather a broad scope of where students might personally be.

Appointments with the Counseling Center can be scheduled, but it is always open in any case of emergency. For more information on the Counseling Center or to make an appointment, contact them at (908) 737-4850. They are located in Downs Hall, Room 127 and operate Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

about the author

Brandon Gervais, Editor

Brandon Gervais is a junior English education double major. Brandon works as an Editor for The Cougar’s Byte and originally joined the staff as a Staff Writer in November 2017. He is a part of the Leadership Institute as a Gold leader and has worked as a New Student Orientation Leader. In his free time, he is a performer for a world class independent competitive color guard team and coaches the Union High School Color Guard.