Mental Health Education & Self Assessments
To have a healthy mind and body, it is important to include self-care in our daily lives. Unfortunately, when we become stressed, self-care is usually the first thing we stop doing. Here are some ways you can practice self-care.
- Say no and don’t overcommit your schedule to back-to-back meetings, classes and activities. Include breaks in your daily routine for food, rest, and relaxation. Structure your day so there’s some predictability, while leaving some free time for you too. Down time is important to helping us re-charge throughout the day.
- Take care of your physical self by getting enough sleep, eating well, and moving your body. Stay current on your physical exams, eye and dental appointments. When our physical self feels taken care of we cope more effectively.
- Spend time and talk with your supportive friends and family. Ask for help when you need it. If you are unsure if you should ask for professional help from a counselor, check out our anonymous online screenings below. Additional campus resources can also be found below.
- Avoid using alcohol and drugs when you are stressed. While it may be tempting to turn to a substance to manage our problems, the relief is temporary and causes far more long-term problems for us like health, relationship, legal, and financial issues.
- Reduce your stress by knowing what stresses you out and engaging in activities that help you relax. Some common stress relievers are exercise, talking with others, laughing or watching something funny, playing a game or sport, spending time with a pet, taking a hike, playing an instrument, and going into nature.
- Think back on other times you have felt stressed and try what has worked in the past for you. Your previous experiences can provide valuable wisdom for you to use to manage stress effectively today.
Student Wellness Center
1770 Elm Street, 2nd floor
Golden, CO 80401
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Self-Assessments and Online Tools
TAO Self-Help will help you to manage your own emotional well-being without the help of a counselor. TAO Self-Help includes modules for developing your ability to bounce back from disappointments and setbacks, often referred to as resilience training. Watch this short video to learn more about TAO Self-Help.
Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. Screenings are educational, not diagnostic.