One-click perfection and what it does to body image

Student Counseling Services Body Project facilitators

While editing a photo in two minutes with a free app doesn’t seem like it’s doing much harm, the image of perfection, the message of image perfection may make someone else feel as if they’re not doing enough to manage their image or to look good.

The feared ‘freshman 15’

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The problem with the term freshman 15 is that it comes with added pressures to ensure the weight gain doesn’t happen.

Student Counseling Services offers a group specifically for students of color

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Students of color on predominantly White college campuses often face unique difficulties and challenges while navigating a university setting. The Student of Color process group (SOCPG) at Illinois State University provides a safe and supportive space for students of color to make sense of and give voice to the wide range of concerns.

Free and confidential counseling services are available to students at Student Counseling Services

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I can’t sleep. I’m sad all the time. I don’t have any friends. I’m not sure I fit in here. I worry constantly. I am so overwhelmed.  What am I doing here? Does any of this sound familiar? Being a college student is stressful! You don’t have to go it alone: Illinois State University’s Student Counseling Services (SCS) is here to help you succeed.

SCS has experienced psychologists and counselors. Counseling is free, and it’s confidential –what happens in counseling stays in counseling. Except for a few exceptions related to the safety of yourself and others, no information can be released. Your privacy is protected by law!

The impact of discrimination and hate

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At Student Counseling Services, we were saddened to hear about the hate and violence that occurred in Charlottesville during the “Unite the Right” rally.  Student Counseling Services condemns violence and all forms of discrimination, including intolerance and hate.  We acknowledge the psychological, emotional and spiritual impact these events have on our students, faculty and staff. Psychological research has shown that prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination can have adverse effects on both the targets and the perpetrators. These effects include heightened vigilance, anger, anxiety, depression and physical symptoms. Discrimination can create a climate of rejection, fear, anxiety and insecurity, for both individuals and the target group as a whole.  We encourage you to seek support in a way that is most beneficial to your own self-care and to support one another.  As always, the staff at SCS is available to meet with any student who may need to talk about their reactions.  Know that we are here to listen with empathy and to provide support to all students in a way that validates your experiences.  During this difficult time, let us continue to affirm Illinois State University’s values of diversity and inclusion. 

Body Project seeking student participants

Students at Body Project peer facilitator trainings

Student Counseling Services will hold Body Project implementations throughout the semester. The first will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 18, in the Student Services Building.

A plastic surgery app?

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A new, alarming, set of electronic games is starting to take hold among young people. These new games, predominantly aimed at young girls, help children identify “problem areas,” such as wrinkles, skin imperfections, narrow eyes, or identify areas that are in “need” of some Botox. What messages does this send?

SCS affirms all genders

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Student Counseling Services (SCS) strives to be welcoming to all students and has been working diligently the last few years to provide inclusive services for any trans* and gender nonconforming students that may want to seek counseling.