Mental Health Resources
Hokie Wellness works to actively enable to students to explore and improve their emotional well-being and mental health through educational workshops & events. The resources we provide aim to equip students with concrete skills needed to maintain positive mental health while navigating college life & beyond.
Feeling unsure about mental & emotional health? Consider these common signs of distress:
Experiencing frequent or intense changes in mood, such as irritability, sadness, or even extreme excitement.
Deviation from typical actions or habits. An example of this may be no longer attending classes or increased drinking behaviour.
These are changes in relationships and interactions with others. An example might be isolation / decreased desire to spend time with friends, or increased conflict with loved ones.
Changes to your body. Examples may be changes in energy level (drowsiness or hyperactivity) or significant. weight loss/gain
What is considered to be a sudden event or crisis is not the same for every student. A sudden event can range from failing an exam to a break up. Examples could include a car wreck or death of a loved one.
Quick facts about mental & emotional health:
Healthy coping strategies reduce interpersonal stress & negative mental health symptoms including feelings of depression & anxiety (Coiro, 2017)
College students are demonstrating higher rates of perfectionism based on personal and socially- prescribed expectations. Research shows that there is a correlation between this increasing perfectionism and challenges with mental health such as loneliness, negative body image, and feelings of depression and anxiety. (Curran & Hill, 2019)
Mindful Campus Practices
Mindful Campus Practices are a series of brief 5 minute guided meditations that use a combination of imagery and your 5 senses to help you tap into the present and cultivate more mindful moments throughout your day. These practices can help Hokies feel more connected to campus regardless of where you physically are by using the audio and/or video for these recordings.
Interested in exploring the full list of locations for Mindful Campus Practices? Check out the full playlist below:
Resiliency Workshop Series
Simply put, resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity and sources of significant stress. Contrary to what many think, resiliency is not a personality trait that some have and others don’t. Resiliency is a set of behaviors and thoughts that can be developed in anyone! Whether you’re learning how to grow from mistakes and failures or wanting to learn how not to get so lost in your own negative thoughts, Hokie Wellness provides workshops and events that help students bounce back from the stresses of college life.
Mind Full? How about some Mindfulness!
Mindfulness is a practice that brings your awareness to the present moment. Mindfulness techniques can help us accept thoughts & feelings without judging them or getting lost in them.
Stress-Busting Strategy: 5 Senses
Feeling overwhelmed or unfocused? Try out this simple mindfulness technique: To bring your awareness to the present, take a moment to identify one thing you can see, hear, smell, taste, & feel. Try to approach these sensations as if you’re experiencing them for the first time. Describe each of these findings silently to yourself.
Helping Friends in Distress Workshops
We all face ups & downs, but sometimes the distress we face outweighs the skills we have to cope with it effectively. If you are concerned about yourself or a friend or are interested in learning more about the warning signs of distress, check out our Helping Friends in Distress workshop by clicking the button below!
Self-Care vs. #TreatYoSelf
Everyone is deserving of self-care; unfortunately, sometimes in college, we feel like it is a reward we have to earn. Self-care is most effective in maintaining positive mental and emotional health when it is done consistently -- not just during the times we feel overwhelmed with stress. If you’re unsure about whether your current coping skills are #TreatYoSelf or are truly self-care, ask yourself the three questions below:
- Does this reduce my overall (not just immediate) stress?
- Are my actions sustainable?
- Are my coping skills helping me reach my goals?
The best way to develop healthy, consistent self-care practices is to create a plan. Check out our Resiliency Workshop Series to develop more skills around self-care!