The Crucial Link Between Mental Health and Career Development

In the journey of career development, we often focus on building skills, networking, and gaining experience. While these aspects are undoubtedly crucial, one aspect that sometimes gets overlooked is mental health and well-being. However, the truth is that mental health plays a significant role in shaping our career paths and overall success. Let’s delve into why mental health matters in career development and explore the resources available at Augustana College to support students’ mental well-being.

The Importance of Mental Health in Career Development

  1. Resilience and Adaptability: A strong mental health foundation equips individuals with the resilience to navigate challenges and setbacks in their careers. In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing work environments, the ability to adapt is invaluable.
  2. Productivity and Performance: Mental well-being directly influences productivity and performance. When individuals are mentally healthy, they can concentrate better, make informed decisions, and maintain high levels of productivity, all of which are essential for career advancement.
  3. Interpersonal Relationships: Effective communication and collaboration are vital in any professional setting. Positive mental health fosters healthy relationships with colleagues, clients, and supervisors, enhancing teamwork and creating opportunities for career growth.
  4. Self-Confidence and Self-Efficacy: A healthy self-esteem and belief in one’s abilities are fundamental for pursuing career goals. Mental well-being nurtures self-confidence and self-efficacy, empowering individuals to pursue challenging opportunities and take calculated risks in their careers.

Resources for Seeking Support at Augustana College

  1. TalkNow Service through TimelyCare: TalkNow connects students with mental health professionals immediately, providing a convenient and confidential platform for seeking support. Whether facing stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, students can access professional assistance promptly.
  2. Emergency Counseling on Campus: Augustana College offers emergency counseling sessions from 11 a.m. to noon and 3-4 p.m. every academic day. Please, walk into Founders 206 or call 309-794-7357 any time throughout the day to reserve a time if you are having a mental health emergency.
  3. Crisis Hotlines: Various crisis hotlines are available to support students with diverse identities and needs. These hotlines provide confidential assistance for individuals experiencing emotional distress or crisis situations.
  4. Coping with Suicidal Intensity: Students struggling with suicidal thoughts or intense emotions can find resources and guidance on coping and healing. These resources offer valuable information and support for managing suicidal ideation.
  5. Crisis Hospitalization Services in the Quad Cities: In situations where students feel suicidal or unsafe and require intensive therapy services, contact information and an overview of available services are provided for accessing crisis hospitalization services in the Quad Cities area.
  6. Faculty and Staff Referral Guide: Faculty and staff members can refer students in crisis to appropriate support services using the referral guide. This ensures that students receive timely assistance during emergencies.
By Sangamitra Shakya
Sangamitra Shakya