Mental Health

You're not alone!

here are some resources to help you get through

Stress and anxiety are the top 2 ranked academic impediments for SU students. Whether it be anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or stress, there are resources to help you manage your mental health. These are great tools, but remember, you’re not alone at SU. Come by and see us if you’d like to talk more about mental health.

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Some stress is normal and beneficial 

Stress is commonplace on college campuses but looks different for everyone. Learning more about stress can help you be more aware of your stressors so that you can better manage them. Signs of stress can impact you in a number of ways, including the following:

  • Feelings: anxiety, irritability, embarrassment
  • Thoughts: difficulty concentrating or making decisions, forgetfulness, fear of failure
  • Behaviors: crying, nervous laughter, acting impulsively 
  • Physical: sleep disturbances, fatigue, dry mouth

Being aware of your stressors and how you experience stress can enable you to better manage it. Stress management tips can be found here. Some common strategies are:

We also offer a workshop on stress management and reduction that can be shared in classrooms, residence halls, or anywhere else there's a group of students. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator for Mental Health Promotion. 



Some anxiety is normal. Does yours go away?

You may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Our online mental health screening tool shouldn't be can be used as a substitute for a visit with a healthcare professional but can help you determine what support you may need. 

You can make an appointment with CAPS to talk to a licensed counselor. If you're looking for peer support, you can visit the office to talk to a HAWC member. The National Institute of Mental Health and Anxiety and Anxiety and Depression Association of America are both great resources for more information on anxiety.


Learn the symptoms 

Depression may only occur once in your life, but it's typical for people to have multiple episodes. Learning the symptoms of depression can help you identify when you may need support and enable you to support others that may be struggling with depression. Common symptoms include:

  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

The online mental health screening tool that can be used to determine whether your responses are consistent with depression. CAPS and HAWC are both great on-campus support resources.



Eating Disorders

Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder

Eating Disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Disordered eating can look different for everyone. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males. Causes of disordered eating can be biological, psychological, environmental, or a combination of various factors. 

General information can be found here. The counselors at CAPS are a great on-campus resource. If you're looking for off-campus support, Opal Food + Body Wisdom are local experts who we have a strong partnership with. More resources, including information on disordered eating in athletes, can be found below.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Try out light therapy

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that's related to seasonal changes and tends to be cyclical. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  • Having low energy
  • Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty

More information about SAD can be found through the Mayo Clinic. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year. Treatment may include light therapy, medications, and/or psychotherapy. We have light boxes that can be used in our office, Student Center 380. Recommended use is up to 30 minutes in the mornings. Stop by the office to learn more and take advantage of this free resource.


Suicide Prevention

Suicide is not a normal response to stress

Suicide is preventable. Knowing the warning signs is the most effective way to prevent suicide. Signs include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life

Should you witness, hear, or see someone you know exhibits any one or more of those signs, seek help AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Knowing how to manage student distress and disruption can also empower you to support someone in need or identify when you may need some support. Remember to never ignore unusual behaviors and do not promise confidentiality if talking with someone about suicidal thoughts or other distressed behavior. The goal is to get help and support for everyone involved, including you.

CAPS provides a great, comprehensive page on suicide prevention. 


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