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Seize the Awkward: Are you concerned about a friends mental health, but do not know what to do about it? This online resource by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the JED Foundation offers information & tools to empower you to reach out to friends who are struggling with mental health issues & are at risk of suicide.
Mental Health Self-Assessment is available through the ULifeline anonymous Self Evaluator, which can help you assess whether a treatable mental health problem could be affecting you or a friend.
Go Ask Alice! Q&A Library is a health Q&A Internet resource provided by Columbia University. It provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.
Transitioning to College is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.
Top 5 mental health challenges facing students is an article on BestColleges.com. This guide helps to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students and where and when to seek help.
Substance/drug use education
- Substance Abuse in College
- Al-Anon: If you're affected by a friend or a family member's drinking or drug use
- BRAD (be responsible about drinking) includes information on what to do for friends who have too much, effects of alcohol, alcohol and women, etc.
- Marijuana Anonymous: 12 questions to help you determine if marijuana use is a problem in your life. Support for those wanting to quit marijuana use.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse drug and drug abuse information.
- National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- StartYourRecovery.org: offers relatable information for people who are dealing with substance use issues. This information can also be useful to family members, friends, and co-workers. Site offers information on signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and local resources.
- The New Drug: Education on the harmful effects of Pornography
- Alcohol Screening Self Assessment
- Drinker's Check-up: Free computer based program to help you cut down on your drinking.
- Rethinking Drinking: an interactive site for you to check out your drinking
- Drug Screening Website: Anonymous self-screening (includes alcohol and tobacco)
Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that often leaves those involved with, aside from obvious physical traumas, profound long-term psychological effects. Often, early treatment can mediate these long-term effects. Counselors from Gettysburg College Counseling Services can be a source of support to you. Counseling is free and confidential and is a resource to everybody involved in a sexual assault, including students who have been accused of committing sexual assault.
Besides Health Services, Counselors are also the only persons on campus who can guide you through making an anonymous report to the college if you want us to do so. We will do so ONLY at student’s request, of course.
Sexual Assault and relationship violence includes multiple behaviors that occur without the consent of the survivor. Review the definitions of consent and various forms of sexual misconduct.
Sexual assault survivors are faced with many difficult decisions around their emotional and medical health.
- Office of Multicultural Engagement (serving multicultural and international students)
- Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
- Diversity Peer Educators
- Society for the Psychology of Women
- Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity
- Answers to Questions About Transgender Individuals/Gender Identity
- Better Understanding Sexual Orientation
- World Federation for Mental Health
- APA Office on Socioeconomic Status
- First in the Family to go to College
Understanding Suicide Prevention
A resource guide for college students from bestcolleges.com on topics including stigma, warning signs, and getting help.
Campus Blues features information and resources for college students on mental health, anxiety, loneliness, alcohol abuse, gambling, and other social and emotional issues.
Ulifeline.org is a web-based resource created by the Jed Foundation to provide students with a non-threatening and supportive link to their college’s mental health center as well as important mental health information. Students are able to download information about various mental illnesses, ask questions, make appointments, and seek help anonymously via the Internet.
In crisis? Text STEVE to 741741. The Steve Fund has created a special keyword, STEVE, that young people of color can text to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. The Fund views text messaging as a key component of its strategy towards addressing the unmet mental health needs of college and university students of color. Through its partnership with the Crisis Text Line, the Fund promotes text messaging as a means to improve the critically needed access for young people of color to crisis counseling.
General resources on suicide and suicide prevention
Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and materials to strengthen suicide prevention efforts. Among the resources found on its website is the SPRC Library Catalog, a searchable database containing a wealth of information on suicide and suicide prevention, including publications, peer-reviewed research studies, curricula, and web-based resources. Many of these items are available online.
American Association of Suicidology. The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. It promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers and serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. AFSP’s activities include supporting research projects; providing information and education about depression and suicide; promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention, and treatment; and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. To locate information on suicide and suicide prevention, scroll down the left-hand navigation bar on the NCIPC website and click on “Suicide” under the “Violence” heading.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Technical assistance, training, and other resources are available to the crisis centers and mental health service providers that participate in the network of services linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Suicide Prevention Action Network USA. Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) is the nation’s only suicide prevention organization dedicated to leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors (those who have lost a loved one to suicide) and others to advance public policies that help prevent suicide.
Relaxation is an important part of self-care. But what actually is relaxation? Real relaxation is different from what many might call relaxation, such as exercising, zoning out, socializing, or pursuin a distraction like TV or a book. Those things are important, but they are not truly relaxation. Actual relaxation is an intentional, focused period of time during which one is mindful and alert, yet one's muscles are relaxed. This type of relaxation takes time to practice, but is worth the effort. It can help restore energy and boost your mood and performance levels much better than those other activities.
Guided relaxation videos
The following videos offer a variety of guided relaxation exercises narrated by Loyola University Counseling Center staff. Find a quiet space and explore the feeling of true relaxation. These videos are also broadcast through GreyComm.
- Video One: Intro to Deep Breathing
- Video Two: Breathing Exercise
- Video Three: Quick Calmer
- Video Four: Observe your Breathing
- Video Five: Exhale Cycle
- Video Six: Proper Breathing Technique
- Video Seven: Notice your Senses
- Video Eight: Body Scan
- Video Nine: Walking Down Stairs
- Eating Disorders
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- National Eating Disorders Association
Gettysburg College's Health & Counseling Services does not prescribe medications for ADHD management. We, however, do counsel students with ADHD diagnoses; students are welcome to come in to these offices for support. Students with ADHD may also be eligible for disability services through The Office of Academic Advising and Student Support Services. /about/offices/provost/advising/disabilities
We encourage students who need medication for ADHD to work with their physicians at home to provide their prescriptions while they are here at College. Students may want to advance schedule appointments with their home physicians to coincide with College breaks.
Students for whom continuing care through their home providers is not viable are encouraged to seek private local care in Gettysburg. View a list of local providers.
Please note that most local agencies are likely to require students to see a counselor before being referred for psychiatric medications. Also, as with any healthcare facility, students may have a wait before their first scheduled appointment. Therefore, we encourage all students to call well in advance for appointments with these local providers.