Be Mentally Well

You can do a lot to care for your own mental well-being. Here are some tips and resources to help your mind thrive while on campus: handling stress, being resilient, and how to get mental health help for yourself or a student in distress.

Stress: the Good and the Bad

Everyone experiences stress. Stress can come from the outside (academic demands, family pressure, institutional systems) or from wihtin (negative self-talk, excessive worry).

Stress either helps us perform our best (motivates us to practice a skill or study for a test) or hurts our performance (keeps us up at night, or leads us to cope using alcohol or drugs). 

Using Resilience to Manage Stress

After a rough day, you can bounce back from stress and start enjoying life again through resilience. What is resilience? One definition is "dealing effectively with stress." Most of you have already been resilient getting into a major university like UCSC or by successfully coping with life challenges. Stressful experiences are important parts of your growth and development.

How to Be Resilient

So how do you adapt your resilience to new situations like coming to college or confronting inevitable set-backs we all experience like failing a class, going through a difficult break-up, or not getting into your preferred major? 

Like physical health, you can maintain your mental health and resilience by developing healthy mental practices and coping responses. Here are some some helpful (and free!) tools you can use when facing stress:

  1. The Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) tool. TAO has great self-help modules.
  2. One Perfect Meditation (OPM) free online meditation app for UCSC students
  3. Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) also offers Anxiety and Mood Toolboxes, drop-in opportunities like Let’s Talk and support groups in addition to many other services at CAPS. Temin Resilience Graphic
From: New Research Helps Us Bounce Back Quicker, Better From Life's Trials And Tragedies

 


Mental Health Support

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) services help students address their mental health concerns through:

  • Brief therapy & psychiatry
  • Crisis intervention
  • Drop-in "Let's Talk" sessions
  • Psychotherapy groups
  • Workshops
  • Case management
  • Peer education groups
  • Off-campus referrals

CAPS Self-Help Library: tons of great resources to help with

  • Anxiety, stress (including academic stress), trauma 
  • Depression and mood
  • Eating issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Relational issues, identity, sociocultural issues

SHOP has tips & resources about mental health for college students.

Body Image and Eating Disorders Support

If you need help developing a healthy body image or you're concerned about a friend, the Student Health Center, SHOP and CAPS can help.

About Body Image: SHOP's Resources: What is body image? How do you know if yours is healthy? What can you do if it isn't?

Eating Disorders: Info from SHOP Your eating habits may change once you’re in college, and you may gain or lose weight. Learn what to do if you or someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder.

The Student Health Center explains how they work with eating disordered patients. 

Also see CAPS Self-Help library section on Eating Disorders

How to Help a Student in Distress

Additional Resources