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There are several methods that students can take care of their mental health, that way their personal lives, academic lives and professional lives are of the highest quality.

One of the most important ways a student can take care of their mental health is by taking care of their physical health. This includes things like eating a healthy diet, sleeping regularly, and engaging in exercise. Students should avoid restless nights and “all-nighters” because by depriving the body of its necessary rest will take a toll on the minds ability to regulate itself properly; thus, resulting in possible depression, stress or anxiety. Engaging in a healthy life style of a balanced diet and regular exercise will help to create the necessary endorphins in the brain which help reduce pain and stress while inciting pleasure and euphoria. Students should also try taking a walk outside, playing in Helmick Commons, or just simply engaging in fun activities with their friends and classmates. Nothing helps create a healthy body and mind like relaxation and fun activities.

Also, students ought to stay self-aware about their own body’s health and mental health. By staying self-aware and educated on their own health, students will be more likely to better regulate their habits, behaviors and schedules. Consult the Sodexo dietician for help in structuring an ideal and healthy diet plan; or, students can consult with a Counselor in the UCC for tips and tricks in keeping their mental health in-check.

Lastly, students ought to keep in communication with their friends and family. Friends and family members are a terrific support group when it comes to dealing with mental health concerns. Friends and family members can’t act as counselors or therapists, but they do act as an important social support. This is the easiest way for students to help themselves with the stresses and anxieties of college life.

Below is a list of self-help/informative resources for students to refer and use:

  • Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders Association of American (ADAA)

  • Depression

Mood Change

  • Health Issues

Health Center

  • Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health

  • Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Misconduct

Drake’s Title IX Website


Below is a list of student organizations/groups on-campus which are open to any and all students interested in mental health awareness and support:

  • Best Buddies, Best Buddies’ purpose is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
  • Optimist Club, Optimist Club’s purpose is to bring out the best in kids through service and community work while creating a welcoming group for all to join.
  • Surge – Mental Health Advocacy, Surge’s purpose is to advocate for positive, innovative, and accurate mental health practices that will aid victims and prepare allies in the fight against mental illness during young adulthood.
  • To Write Love On Her Arms, TWLOHA UChapters is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. UChapters exist to inspire, encourage and invest directly into treatment both locally and around the world. By building community, UChapters can organize gatherings, cultivate awareness and create a network that actively raises funds and reaches people with a message of hope and help.
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