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Student Resources

An important part of the college experience is learning how to manage your mental health and well-being. Below are a few ways to ensure you are setting yourself and your mind up for success.

  • Get eight hours of quality sleep
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reflect or journal your thoughts
  • Meditate and practice relaxation breathing
  • Go outside
  • Do something you love
  • Surround yourself with friends and family
  • Unplug from technology and social media
  • Recite positive affirmations or encourage others

The Counseling Center has identified the following free online resources to help you manage mental health conditions.

Self-Care

Taking care of yourself allows your body to perform at its highest potential.

The following resources may be helpful tools for practicing self-care.

  • Breathing: Learn the proper breathing techniques for stress relief.
  • Journaling: Write down your emotions and identify patterns.
  • Meditation: Take time to live in the moment.
  • Managing stress: Learn simple ways to manage stress.
Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress and is often associated with a feeling of fear, uncertainty or unpreparedness about the events to come.

The following apps may be helpful tools for managing stress and anxiety.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex eating habits that stem from an obsession with food, body weight or shape.

The following apps may be helpful tools for managing an eating disorder.

  • Recovery Record: A clinical tool designed to manage recovery from eating disorders.
  • Rise Up and Recover: Assist with recovery from an eating disorder by logging meals, emotions, behaviors and thoughts.
Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction is a need for a substance, behavior or activity that is associated with negative physical, mental or social effects.

The following app may be a helpful tool for managing addiction and substance abuse.

Quit That!: A habit tracker that shows your progress toward breaking a bad habit or addiction.

Depression

Depression is a severe feeling of sadness or hopelessness. If you are unsure if what you are experiencing is depression, think about how often you are feeling down, how bad you feel and how long the feeling lasts.

The following apps may be helpful tools for managing depression.

CBT Thought Record Diary: Track thoughts and feelings and identify cognitive distortions.
Happify: Activities to overcome negative thoughts.
MoodTools: Combat feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression by tracking symptoms and identifying patterns.
T2 Mood Tracker: Track emotions and share results with a counselor.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is unwanted thoughts, feelings and sensations associated with a behavior to do something repeatedly to get rid of the obsessive thoughts.

The following app may be a helpful tool for managing OCD.

  • NOCD: Manage OCD using built-in exercises.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after experiencing a terrifying event.

The following app may be a helpful tool for managing PTSD.

  • PTSD Coach: Manage daily life stresses and PTSD using relaxation tools.
Suicide Prevention

Suicide warning signs include feeling hopeless, changing from a normal routine or withdrawing from others.

The following apps may be helpful tools for managing suicidal thoughts.

  • Operation Reach Out: Provides a personal contact help center and helps prevent suicide among military personnel and veterans.
  • UCSF Prime: Manage schizophrenia symptoms and improve quality of life.

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