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What Do You Wish You Knew About Mental Health In College?

Because freshman orientation doesn't always cover how to keep it all together.

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It's always important to look out for your own mental health, but college is definitely a time when you should pay extra attention to your needs.

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Whether or not you already deal with mental illness, there's a lot about college that can make you feel not-so-stellar, mental health-wise.

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An unfamiliar environment, tons of new responsibilities and pressures, separation from your old friends and family... There are a million reasons why mental health issues like depression and anxiety are common on college campuses.

So tell us: What do you wish you knew as a freshman that would've made your college experience better?

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Like that you don't need to pressure yourself to take on crazy course load your very first semester.

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Or that finding a safe space to get away from your overwhelming dorm is actually clutch.

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Maybe you eventually leaned a genius tip for conquering test anxiety that you wish you could go back and teach your freshman self.

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Or maybe it would've just helped to know how to find the campus counseling center.

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And, you know, that it exists.

Tell us all the tips, strategies, and lessons that helped you navigate mental health issues in college.

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Post them in the comments and we might feature them in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health article.

And thanks for sharing — with a new school year around the corner, there are a lot of students who will appreciate it.

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