Grand Canyon University (GCU) is proud to provide a supportive, faith-based learning community. We create amazing college experiences for our students, but we understand how challenges can affect happiness, health and wellbeing. We want our Lopes to live well and know you are not alone in your struggles. It is okay to ask for help! Campus resources and professional support are available to impart you with guidance and tools for living happy and healthy.
You and your story matter.
College students commonly experience:
- Relationship problems
You are not abnormal. And you do not have to suffer alone in anxiety, depression or relationship problems. Lopes Living Well resources can help you or someone you know with eating disorders, substance abuse, stress, homesickness, roommate conflict and more.
Students expect college to be the best years of their lives; however, when faced with academic pressures, life changes and other circumstances, college can get tough. We understand. Our on-campus licensed mental health workers and other professionals are here for you - to listen and provide therapy, counseling and a treatment plan - helping you live well now at GCU and for the rest of your life.
Lean on us for comfort. Be open to help. Find hope.
Live Well, Lopes
Living a happy and healthy lifestyle is one of the upmost important responsibilities as a student and GCU is here to help support you. Along your journey through college life, maintaining your mental and physical health are key contributors to a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some important tips for living happy and healthy at GCU:
- Establish a daily routine: You will function better by following a structured routine, creating expectations for what is ahead and making plans to accommodate those expectations. For example, organize your coursework materials, stay on top of your schedule and allot enough time in advance to complete your assignments.
- Gain proper fuel: Think of your mind and body as a fine-tuned engine. Do you want to be more energized and productive? Eat well (including breakfast and avoiding fast food), drink water frequently and get adequate sleep. Pulling all-nighters and nibbling on unhealthy food can ultimately lead to faulty engine trouble.
- Learn to manage time and stress: Planning and balance will help you manage academic rigors, relationship building and daily stressors. You are in control of preventing stress from interfering with your college experience. With time management, you can better avoid a snowball effect of overwhelming feelings, fatigue and health issues.
- Be aware of mental and physical health: Your mental and physical health affect the wellbeing of the other. Surround yourself with supportive relationships, keep in touch with family and friends from home and expect change. It takes time to find your place in college. Be open and get involved on campus.
Lopes Support Network
The Lope Support Network provides an outlet for students to speak with their peers about mental health struggles. The goal of the program creates a community of acceptance (not rejection) where students can open up the conversation about mental health, listen to others and be heard in a small-ground setting. The Lopes Support Network believes mental health shouldn't be a stigma on campus and wants students to know they're not alone in their struggles.
The experience of your child moving away to college can generate feelings of excitement and exuberance - along with sadness, grief and wariness. Yes, it is going to hurt, but try to loosen the reins to foster independence. Trust and reassure your child. Communicate expectations and resist the urge to share negative feelings with your student. Focus on the growth and accomplishments your child will achieve. You will make it through this change!