Mental Health Resources for College Students
Coping with stress and anxiety
Anxiety and panic disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Self-care and therapy options
Additional stress and anxiety resources:
- Anxiety and Depression Association: Anxiety Screening Tools
- American Psychological Association: How Stress Affects Your Health
- National Institute of Mental Health: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- WebMD: What Are Support Groups for Anxiety?
- Anxiety.org: 4 Steps to Finding the Right Therapist for You and Your Anxiety
Understanding depression, suicidal ideation, and self-injury
Recognizing the symptoms of depression
Coping with suicidal thoughts
Additional depression and self-harm prevention resources:
Alcohol and substance abuse
Finding help for addiction
Recognizing and resisting peer pressure
Additional substance abuse and addiction resources:
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Trends & Statistics
- The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: Understanding Addiction
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): National Helpline
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2016
- College Drinking Prevention: Alcohol and You – An Interactive Body
- Help.org: Prescription Drug Abuse Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects
- Weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and dizziness
- Digestive issues like constipation and vomiting
- Irregular or absent menstruation
- The same symptoms as anorexia (above)
- Severe heartburn
- An inflamed, sore throat
- Poor dental hygiene, including excessive cavities
Binge eating disorder
- Weight gain
- A feeling of a lack of control over your eating behavior
- Depression or guilt stemming from your eating behavior
- Eating when you’re not hungry
- Eating in secret
Additional eating disorder resources:
Sleep health-related disorders
- Memory issues
- Trouble focusing
- Weakened immune system
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
Habits for Improving Your Sleep Health
Recognizing sleep disorders
- Insomnia: A disorder that makes it difficult for sufferers to fall or stay asleep. This can lead to a severe lack of rest. Insomnia can be short-term or chronic. Students often experience short-term insomnia when adjusting to a new school or class schedule.
- Sleep apnea: If a person experiences interruptions in breathing during sleep, they may be suffering from sleep apnea. This usually occurs when the tissue of the back of the throat collapses during rest, leaving the sufferer gasping for air. While anyone can experience it, sleep apnea can become more common with weight gain.
- Restless leg syndrome: As a result of a disorder with a part of the nervous system, restless leg syndrome can cause sleep deprivation. Those with this syndrome experience a strong urge to move their legs. Obviously, this can complicate the act of falling asleep.
Additional sleep resources:
Mental health stigma and bullying
The relationship between mental illness and dropouts
Responding to mental health discrimination and bullying
- Being open about your own mental health issues, as long as you’re comfortable doing so. Demonstrate that your illness does not define you.
- Being mindful about your own word choice when it comes to mental illness. Don’t use demeaning, hurtful terms like “crazy,” “psycho,” or “insane” to describe an illness. These words reinforce mental health stigma.
- Standing up for friends, family, or yourself when someone says something insensitive about a mental health condition. Explain how common mental illness is and remind them that mental illness is not a choice.
- Supporting education and understanding about mental health. Share mental health resources with people who demonstrate a misunderstanding of mental health conditions.
Additional bullying and mental health awareness resources:
Other common mental health challenges and resources
- Cycles of depressed and elevated moods, with each stage lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months (this varies greatly from person to person)
- Constant feelings of anxiety, apprehension, guilt, and apathy
- A lack of concentration
- Weight gain or loss, often in tandem with mood cycles
- Schizophrenia: People with this condition have changes in behavior and experience delusions/hallucinations that persist for longer than six months. Students with schizophrenia who are left untreated often experience social isolation and a loss of interest in academics or extracurricular activities.
- Brief psychotic disorder: Those undergoing a great period of stress — such as losing a loved one — may have a psychotic break, consisting of delusions, violent outbursts, and depression. If you experience a short and sudden episode of psychotic behavior, you may have brief psychotic disorder.
- Delusional disorder: People who hold false, persistent beliefs about the real world that last for at least one month may be experiencing delusional disorder.
- Substance-induced psychotic disorder: If, during the use of or after ceasing the use of alcohol or drugs, you experience delusions/hallucinations, you may be experiencing substance-induced psychotic disorder. Read more about alcohol and substance abuse above, earlier in this resource guide.
- College Students: Mental Health Problems and Treatment Considerations
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Succeeding in College With ADHD
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association: Support Groups for Adults
- HelpGuide.org: Bipolar Disorder Signs and Symptoms
- WebMD: What Is a Psychotic Disorder?