练习 | VOA慢速:心理健康对大学生成功的重要性

练习 | VOA慢速:心理健康对大学生成功的重要性

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In many ways, the time spent seeking an education at a college or university can be some of the best years of a person's life.

College students are usually just entering adulthood. Their academic programs present them with all kinds of new information and ideas. And even given the many demands on their time from their studies, the students often have the freedom to explore their identities and other outside interests. But a person's college years can also present difficulties. Sometimes, the challenges of academic success, making new friends and living far from home may feel like more than one person can deal with alone. In fact, more and more college students in the United States have reported suffering from anxiety and depression, says Monica Osburn.

She heads the Counseling Center and Prevention Services at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Osburn says it is important for students to have access to mental health services on campus. Off-campus options are likely too costly and difficult to get to for many students.

Research shows that having access to mental health services can help prevent students from dropping out of college, Osburn adds. Such services can make students feel more like their school really cares about them.

Osburn believes it is a good sign that more students are seeking mental health services. That means more of them are trying to find solutions to difficulties or problems they are facing. "Half the battle, sometimes, is walking through the door, because there can be a lot of stigma with asking for help or receiving mental health counseling, especially if you are an international student who may not have counseling services at home," Osburn told VOA. "So being able to come in, ask questions, see what the office looks like, will go a long way in breaking down some of those barriers."

College students may struggle with many kinds of unhealthy behaviors. For example, they often ignore their need for sleep because they want to spend time with their friends. Or they might stay up all night to study for a big test. One night of poor sleep may not be a major issue, Osburn says. But if it happens again and again, a student's mental health may suffer. The worst part, Osburn says, is that many students may not even recognize what they are experiencing as a mental health problem. "A lot of students don't think about mental health and the outcomes there," said Osburn. "Their symptoms might look more like physical symptoms, like being physically sick... when many of those could be symptoms of anxiety."

Osburn urges any student who is facing problems or experiencing feelings they do not understand to visit their school's counseling center. These centers employ trained mental health experts who will discuss these issues privately with the student. Once a student meets with one of these experts, they can start to explore the things they are dealing with and what they might want from counseling. This can include general skills to deal with common problems or just talking through a given issue. From there, students can plan ongoing individual meetings with a mental health expert. Or, the expert can connect the student with groups of students having similar problems, says Osburn. Campus counseling can sometimes even help students find the support they need elsewhere. "Not every student needs therapy," she said. "But if a student comes in … and we know they're struggling … it might be related to food insecurity or some sort of financial issue ... Since we know the resources on campus so well, then we can connect that student with those resources, teach them … how to work through those new systems … and then problem-solve."

I'm Pete Musto.

Adapted from http://www.kekenet.com/broadcast/201908/593495.shtml


VOCABULARY


1. stigma n. (不可数名词, 可数名词, 常用单数形式) feelings of disapproval that people have about particular illnesses or ways of behaving 耻辱;羞耻。例如:

the social stigma of alcoholism酗酒在社会上的恶名

There is no longer any stigma attached to being divorced. 离婚不再是什么丢脸的事。

2. stay up: to go to bed later than usual 深夜不睡;熬夜。例如:You've got school tomorrow. I don't want you staying up late. 你明天要上学。我不想让你熬夜。

3. therapy n. (不可数名词, 可数名词) the treatment of a physical problem or an illness 治疗;疗法。例如:Most leukaemia patients undergo some sort of drug therapy (= treatment using drugs). 绝大多数白血病患者都会接受某种药物治疗。


QUESTIONS


Read the statements. Then listen to the news and check the true (mso-hansi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";
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) or false (mso-hansi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";
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) statements.


1. According to Monica Osburn, more and more college students in the United States have reported suffering from anxiety and depression. 

2. Osburn says it is important for students to have access to mental health services off campus.

3. Research shows that having access to mental health services can help prevent students from dropping out of college. 

4. Osburn believes it is a good sign that more students are seeking mental health services.

5. College students may struggle with many kinds of unhealthy behaviors. 

6. Osburn urges any teacher who is facing problems or experiencing feelings they do not understand to visit their school's counseling center. 

7. Campus Students’ Union can sometimes even help students find the support they need elsewhere. 


KEY 


Read the statements. Then listen to the news and check the true (ü) or false (û) statements.


ü 1. According to Monica Osburn, more and more college students in the United States have reported suffering from anxiety and depression. 

û 2. Osburn says it is important for students to have access to mental health services off campus. (正确表达) Osburn says it is important for students to have access to mental health services on campus.

ü 3. Research shows that having access to mental health services can help prevent students from dropping out of college. 

ü 4. Osburn believes it is a good sign that more students are seeking mental health services.

ü 5. College students may struggle with many kinds of unhealthy behaviors. 

û 6. Osburn urges any teacher who is facing problems or experiencing feelings they do not understand to visit their school's counseling center. (正确表达) Osburn urges any student who is facing problems or experiencing feelings they do not understand to visit their school's counseling center. 

û 7. Campus Students’ Union can sometimes even help students find the support they need elsewhere. (正确表达) Campus counseling can sometimes even help students find the support they need elsewhere.


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  • 来源:刘立军 2019-09-24