In the midst of a mental health epidemic on college campuses across the country, many young adults try to factor in finding therapeutic support when choosing colleges. One of the biggest struggles teens face when going to college is launching into independence, especially after leaving a residential treatment program. While they have taken steps in their lives to prepare emotionally to begin college, it is important for them to establish a support network and learn what resources they can access when struggling. Independent living programs for young women offer girls emotional support and coaching while they pursue their academic goals.
Struggling to Succeed in a College Environment
The college years are a difficult period for most students socially and academically. While they are full of opportunities for personal growth, it can be difficult to succeed in college when teens are overwhelmed by school stress, social pressure, and time management. Often, when preparing to enroll in college or after a short period in a college environment, young women question if they are capable of balancing school responsibilities with self-care. It is not uncommon for young adults to change their majors or consider dropping out or taking time off.
Common School Struggles
- Finding time to study
- Advocating for learning differences
- Staying organized
- Managing time
- Balancing a social life with responsibilities
- Feeling lonely
- Making time for self-care
Therapeutic Support at College
While most colleges have a counseling department, they do not have the resources to provide consistent, individualized support for struggling students. Lack of access to mental health services on campus is one of the biggest reasons students drop out of college to prioritize getting help. After leaving a residential treatment program with a built-in support network, it can be a shock to return to college or start at a new school without the same level of support.
Benefits of Independent Living Programs
For young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, motivation, and self-esteem, finding therapeutic support during college is essential for personal success. Independent living programs encourage students to stay enrolled in college while offering personal coaching in a supportive home-like environment.
- High school or college academics – Students have the option to enroll in local colleges, take online classes, or finish high school or its equivalency and continue to pursue their academic goals. Mentors help students work on organization, time management, and study skills.
- Skills, interests, and hobbies – We provide opportunities for girls to develop and nurture new passions and skills to make sure they don’t back into unproductive or unhealthy habits. Exploring interests helps shapes girls’ future goals and career paths.
- Vocational / career skills – We encourage young women to start thinking about their career goals through job coaching with mentors. They receive help with resumes, finding volunteer and job opportunities, and filling out job applications. Personal responsibility, teamwork, and conflict resolution skills learned in our community are essential for success in the workplace.
- Continued therapeutic support through weekly therapy, mentorship, and developing relationships with peers going through similar struggles.
- Developing personal responsibility in a structured home-like environment through chores, budgeting, and developing a personal routine.
- Building confidence. While girls we work with have grown a lot in previous programs, they have not had the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned. Integrating into the community helps girls practice new skills, bounce back from setbacks, and build resilience.
Journey Home East Can Help
Journey Home East is a transitional living program for young women ages 16-21. This program focuses on helping women transition from long-term treatment to the real world. While they are at our program, we help build confidence in young adults. The idea is to ween them off support systems of being in programs for many years and hone in on functional living skills they need to be independent. Journey Home East helps with scheduling for school, classes, work, internships. This program also provides health coaching, relationship building, dating safety and personal safety tips. Students have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives post-treatment.
Contact us at +18552909684. We can help your family today!