The University of Miami Counseling Center is offering grief-stricken students post-election help — more than three weeks after Election Day.
The large private university in Florida made the pitch for post-election counseling on its main website. It indicates just how seriously American colleges and universities are taking the possibility that students are grappling with long-term emotional instability over President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory.
“It’s definitely a dark time for everyone … Your recovery has to be the priority.”
The University of Miami Counseling Center tells students it “is here to listen and support you as our nation works through this election transition. We affirm our commitment to all students regardless of party affiliation and are keenly aware of the particular impact this election may have on members of our UM community. As the election cycle has been stressful for many, we encourage you to reach out for support as well as extend support to others. It is important for us to stay connected and do what we can to take care of one another.”
It’s almost as if Pearl Harbor had been attacked. And it’s just another example of how soft some in the nation are becoming, or want the nation to become.
While the triggering and safe-space movement on college campuses has been entertaining to watch from afar, it threatens to spread to every corner of the nation because of Trump’s win. The greatest generation is in danger of being replaced by the wimpiest, whiniest wimps.
Some lawmakers have had enough — and want to end funding of such counseling at public schools.
According to Fox News, Iowa state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican, will introduce a “suck it up, buttercup” bill in January when the Iowa Legislature resumes. Kaufmann says students need to be taught there are winners and losers in life.
The bill would subtract double the amount that public colleges spend on election-related counseling activities. Kaufmann told Fox News that existing therapy and mental health services are not being targeted.
The coddling phenomenon has spread through the nation. At Ohio State University, officials are worried too — and not just about the recent ISIS-linked slasher attack on campus that put 11 in the hospital.
“We are particularly mindful that this election season has included hurtful and vitriolic rhetoric impacting many people,” the OSU counseling center’s website states. “As always, we encourage you to reach out for support, as well as extend support to others. It is important for us to stay connected and do what we can to take care of one another.”
And it’s not just colleges. Therapists and psychologists are worried that Americans, who birthed the “greatest generation,” will now have to nursemaid the Obama generation: the millennials, the college kids, the young people.
In mid-October, the American Psychological Association said the election was taking a toll on adults.
“Facing one of the most adversarial contests in recent history and daily coverage of the presidential election that dominates every form of mass media, 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress,” the APA reported on Oct. 13.
Yet that was before Trump actually won. Now, even eating-disorder specialists are urging bulimics and anorexics not to fall back on their eating disorders because Trump won.
Courtney Howard from EatingDisorderHope.com tells her readers and viewers that people’s eating-disorder recoveries are in jeopardy because of the election.
“A lot of people are worried that their affordable health care will be taken away,” Howard said on YouTube. “It’s definitely a dark time for everyone … Your recovery has to be the priority.”
Complicating matters for people with eating disorders is Thanksgiving, which Howard said could also be triggering. Turkey and Trump: a double whammy.
And yes, eating disorders are real and serious — but Trump as a trigger?
At the University of Michigan, the counseling center wants students to check in regularly.
“Engaging with the democratic process can be an exciting time, but it can also be exhausting with heightened emotion and stress,” the center’s website reads. “We want to encourage you to regularly check in with what you are experiencing, and develop a self-care plan that works for you. While this election season can present unique potential stressors, it is also an opportunity to practice important life skills, including how to deal with difficult emotions and circumstances.”
Back at the University of Miami, the counseling center offers one tool to help cope: a snitch website.
The university’s counseling website provides a link to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC’s website has a handy form to report hate speech that may have happened at schools, parks, colleges, private residences, and businesses.
The SPLC has long been an opponent of Trump and his immigration policies, so it’s not too difficult to figure out what kind of hate speech they want to see reported.
The nation can expect more of these complaints as Inauguration Day approaches. Trump supporters are urged to find a safe space — away from whiners.