41 episodes

All in on college mental health, mental performance, and maxing personal development for college students. Host Dr. Joel Ingersoll brings 20+ year of counseling, advising, coaching and mentoring thousands of college students. Geared toward college students and parents Dr. Joel’s episodes increase mental health awareness, challenge stigma and provide actionable steps to optimize mental health and peak performance during the college semester. The podcast is a result of Dr. Joel’s relentless mission to help college kids adjust, discover, cope, and develop.

Mental Health University Joel Ingersoll PHD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

All in on college mental health, mental performance, and maxing personal development for college students. Host Dr. Joel Ingersoll brings 20+ year of counseling, advising, coaching and mentoring thousands of college students. Geared toward college students and parents Dr. Joel’s episodes increase mental health awareness, challenge stigma and provide actionable steps to optimize mental health and peak performance during the college semester. The podcast is a result of Dr. Joel’s relentless mission to help college kids adjust, discover, cope, and develop.

    The Psychological Impact of Recovering from Sports Injuries

    The Psychological Impact of Recovering from Sports Injuries

    Athletes encounter a host of psychological hurdles when recovering from injury. In this episode we dig into the challenges of coping mentally during recovery, decisions to re-commit to playing, awareness cues for realistic expectations, trusting our body to perform again, and the risks when athletes choose/are told they can no longer play. I have worked with dozens of athletes in a range of these circumstances. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to include a mental health professional as a part of the recovery team.

    Episode highlights:

    - Personal athletic injuries
    - Normalizing psychological reactions
    - Coping with big decisions
    - Realistic expectations during recovery
    - Risks of no structure
    - The role of a mental health professional
    - What to do if an athlete discontinues playing.

    • 45 min
    Big Risks of Social Media on Personal Development

    Big Risks of Social Media on Personal Development

    In this episode we dig into the pros and cons of social media on student and student-athlete development. Key areas like self-concept, self-confidence, body image, professional readiness, and relationship building, and intimacy are highlighted. Targeted action steps for students to develop “healthy” engagement with social media apps at a critical time of development!

    Episode highlights:
    - Social media & branding, NIL presence.
    - The motivation behind interacting on social media.
    - Who is validating and authoring your life?
    - Great read! “The Crowd” by Gustave LeBon.
    - Creating a personal barometer for healthy engagement.

    • 54 min
    Effectively Responding to Failure

    Effectively Responding to Failure

    Response to failure (perceived or real) is a critical skill for developing athletes & students. A lack of this skill has significant implications on self-confidence, mental health challenges (depression, anxiety, substance use), and general enjoyment of the activity. We dive into the normalcy of failure and highlight how it is a necessary experience to fuel personal strength and ongoing success. Specific examples and action steps are included to increase self-awareness and provide strategies to implement. At the end of the episode, be sure to stick around for a brief exercise to help develop this key success skill. Episode highlights:
    - The fallout from a negative response to failure.
    - Keys to increase awareness of negative thinking traps.
    - Responding favorably and fairly.
    - How to redefine your experience.
    - It needs to be fun!
    - Do not use social media for validation.

    • 54 min
    Stress, Student-Athletes & Peak Performance

    Stress, Student-Athletes & Peak Performance

    Life is an ongoing sparring match with stress. The mental and physical implications of ignoring stress are massive. In this episode we dig into performance and chronic stress among student athletes and college students, highlighting the health (mental and physical) risks if ignored. We also explain the nature of stress, what cues to look for, and action steps listeners can apply immediately to better manage stress. Be sure to stick around after the episode - I’ll walk you through an easy exercise I often utilize with athletes/performers that can be used across a range of athletic, academic, and social experiences. Just be mindful to practice the skill. Other episode highlights include:

    How to effectively use stress energy.
    The impact of how we label physical cues.
    Building a personal warm-up.
    Simple, action steps to use daily.
    The importance of asking for help.

    • 59 min
    Student-Athletes Making the Leap from High School to College Sports.

    Student-Athletes Making the Leap from High School to College Sports.

    The jump from high school to college for a student-athlete carries many new challenges. Athletic, academic, and psychological hurdles loom large - even for the most gifted, successful high school athletes. In this episode we dive into those challenges, highlight the importance of prioritizing mental health, and the vast resources for student-athletes to connect with on campus. Intern & co-host Sarah Policano (Bucknell University Student Athlete) sheds valuable insights and tips for soon to be college student-athletes.

    Episode Overview:
    Introducing student-athlete Sarah Policano.
    A Runner’s Mindset.
    Psychological tests in making the jump to college sports.
    Adjusting to academic & athletic changes.
    Structure, Time Management & Schedules.
    Mental Health Awareness & Campus Resources.
    Transparency of professional athletes with mental health.
    Sports psychologists on campus.
    The critical skill of asking for help.

    • 48 min
    Healthy College Relationships

    Healthy College Relationships

    College relationships have huge mental health implications. Toxic relationships can implode a college semester, including academic performance, mental health, and key areas of personal development. In this episode we dive into signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, including those long distance relationship challenges that affect a college experience. 2:00 : College relationships
    5:30 : Long distance dating
    12:20 : Keys for a healthy relationship
    23:50 : Being homesick
    32:00 : Keys to coping with adjustment
    33:45 : Having the GAP year conversation
    37:00 Recap

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Twelve Pounds ,

Excellent Podcast for College Prep

Wonderful coaching/advising from Dr. Ingersoll on the college student experience (before, during and after). A must listen.

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