ECU counseling services booked for the rest of the year

GREENVILLE (WITN) Counseling services at ECU have increased so much that their Center for Counseling and Student Development is booked for the rest of the year. Many students will have to wait until January to get an appointment.

Students seeking out counseling more is not just at ECU, it's been happening nationwide. One reason may be that students are feeling more free to talk about issues like mental health openly. ECU's Student Affairs said another reason could be the increased anxiety and stress that young people feel from academic and social pressures.

Laurel Chatham, an ECU sophomore, knows how important counseling services are for many on campus.

"I have, you know, depression, and ADHD and I used to feel pretty ashamed of it, to talk about it. And I really don't have a problem talking to you about it. 'Cause you know I'm getting help and it's, you know, there's a lot of people out there having the same problems that I have."

She said that even though the Center is booked for the semester, they can still see you if it is an emergency. They also have crisis hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week. In addition, the Counseling Center has a grief support group for students.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic, which is across the street from the ECU Student Counseling Center has openings through the end of the school year