Resources

General Mental Health

ULifeline
Online resource for college mental health. Rich with resources and information specific to college student life and concerns.

National Institute of Mental Health brochures
Offers expert-reviewed information on mental disorders, a range of related topics and the latest mental health research. Use this A to Z list to find basic information on signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and current clinical trials. This information should not be used as a guide for making medication decisions or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medication condition.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Resources for college athletes from the NCAA
There are nearly half a million NCAA student-athletes. The NCAA is committed to helping them have a fulfilling college experience by keeping them healthy and safe, providing fair and inclusive environments and encouraging them to learn and grow in all aspects.

Online Self-Assessment

ULifeline Self Evaluator
This screening isn’t a diagnosis, but just identifies some common mental health conditions that may be impacting your thoughts, feelings or behaviors. All of these conditions are treatable, so it’s important to speak to a counselor or other mental health professional so you can get help if needed and feel better.

Disordered Eating

National Eating Disorders Association 
Provides programs and services to give families the support they need to find answers for these life-threatening illnesses.

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Homesickness

Homesickness is universal. Psychologists call it “separation anxiety” and few people are immune. It is experienced by the kindergartner going off to school, as well as the businessperson starting a new job. Here are a few tips to help you through it now or in the future. Source: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Counseling Services

  1. Admit that you have it. Much of what you know and can rely on is back home. Homesickness is a natural response to this sense of loss.
  2. Talk about it with an older sibling or friend who has gone away from home. It takes strength to accept the fact that something is bothering you and to confront it.
  3. Bring familiar items from home to your new location. Photos, plants and even stuffed animals help to give one a sense of continuity and ease the shock of a new environment.
  4. Familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Walk around. You will feel more in control if you know where buildings, classes and services are.
  5. Invite people along to explore. Making friends is a big step to alleviating homesickness.
  6. Keep in touch with the people back home, but put a limit on telephoning. Write them reports of your activities and new experiences. Let them know you'd like to hear from them, too.
  7. Plan a date to go home and make arrangements. This often helps curtail impulsive returns and keeps you focused on your goals in staying.
  8. Examine your expectations. We'd all like to be popular, well-dressed, well-organized and well-adjusted. Well, we're not. Setting a goal of perfection is the most predictable way of creating trouble for yourself. Laugh at your mistakes. You're learning.
  9. Seek new opportunities. As scary as it is to see all those people, classes, buildings and choices, they will provide opportunities to meet people who like what you like. Take classes that you're interested in and get involved in your favorite activity or try new ones.
  10. Do something. Don't wait for it to go away by itself. Buried problems often emerge later disguised as headaches, fatigue, illness or lack of motivation.

Self-Care and Resiliency

Calm 
An app for meditation and sleep

Headspace
An app for mindfulness and meditation

Six relaxation techniques to reduce stress
Practicing even a few minutes per day can provide a reserve of inner calm.

The Road to Resilience
The American Psychological Association defines resilience, offers strategies and gives tips on how to build resilience.

Transition Year

Transition Year
Created by American Psychiatric Foundation and the Jed Foundation, this site focuses on transitional issues for both students and parents.

Find a Therapist in the Community

Psychology Today
Offers detailed listing information for mental health professionals.

Michigan Mental Health Networker

Substance Abuse Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator