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A-Z Mental Health Directory for College Students

Owaves Team Circadian Rhythm, COVID-19, Daily Planner, Healthy Lifestyle, Relationships, Routines, Uncategorized

The negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental health of college students is becoming evident. Active Minds, Inc. is a U.S.-based nonprofit that aims to spread awareness of mental health for students. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a survey carried out by this nonprofit in April revealed that 80% of the 2,086 participants have experienced a decline in their mental health as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Additionally, a survey carried out by the Harris Poll for the National 4-H Council in May revealed that 70% of the 1,500 teenage respondents were experiencing some sort of mental health struggle and 61% were experiencing heightened loneliness. Survey respondents also noted that their daily screen time was at least nine hours, up from around six hours before the pandemic. These survey respondents were a diverse pool of nationwide participants who spanned the ages of 13 to 19.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and young people’s mental health continues to suffer, it is more important than ever for young people to have access to mental health resources. If you would like to take a look at the ongoing collection of mental health data, check out the Household Pulse Survey data. Below is a directory of Mental Health Resources that we hope you find helpful during this especially challenging time. We have listed general resources at the top, but everything else is alphabetized by condition.

If there are any resources you are aware of, please feel free to share them with us, and we will add them to this list. Share this list with the people who you think would find support from it.

General Mental Health Services 

Active Minds’ Statement for Colleges (COVID-19) 

American College Health Association’s COVID Resource Library

Anxiety and Depression Association of America 

Aunt Bertha – find free or reduced services within your area  

Be Strong Start Your Recovery: Substance Abuse Resources & Support– free programs that help with coping with bullying, isolation, and mental health

Center for Online Education’s Mental Health Resources for college students organized by state

Give an Hour – connects military families to free mental health services and other resources

Medscape’s Psychiatry and Mental Health Topics

Mental Health America’s “Balancing Work and School”  

Mental Health America’s Screening Tools

Open Counseling – find free or affordable counseling in your area 

Owaves – a holistic calendar app designed to optimize your circadian rhythm

San Diego County COVID-19 Resources  

Sharpen Colleges App (offers mental health resources to U.S. College Students for free until the end of August 2020)  

Sista Afya’s Mental Health Directories 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Treatment Locator

The Mental Health Coalition’s “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color” Mental Health Resources

The Tribe Wellness Community – Find a community based on your mental health needs

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ “Mental Health and Coping during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic”   

Addiction/Substance Abuse 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Help Guide’s Articles on Addiction 

Narcotics Anonymous  

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous

Start Your Recovery – resources for finding support for substance abuse

SAMHSA’s Find Treatment Tool   

ADHD  

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)’s ADHD Resource Center 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Section on ADHD  

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)  

Help Guide’s Articles on ADHD 

Anxiety 

Harvard Health Publishing’s “Learning Diaphragmatic Breathing” 

Help Guide’s Articles on Anxiety 

Mayo Clinic’s “COVID 19: Tips for Mindfulness and Coping with Anxiety”

The Wellness Society’s Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

The Wellness Society’s free Coronavirus Anxiety Online Course (created in partnership with a mental health charity called Mind–this is an adaptation of the workbook)

Autism 

Autism Speaks’ Autism Response Team (ART)  

Autism Speaks’ Resources and Services for Adults with Autism 

Help Guide’s Articles on Autism

The Asperger/Autism Network’s Resources for Adults      

Bipolar Disorder 

AACAP’s Bipolar Disorder Resource Center

Help Guide’s Articles on Bipolar Disorder

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

Burnout

Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality’s Resilience Tools (specifically intended for healthcare workers)

Help Guide’s Article on Burnout Prevention and Treatment 

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health’s “Burnout Response”

Depression 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

HeadsUpGuys – preventative tools and coping strategies for men for dealing with depression

Help Guide’s Articles on Depression 

Mental Health America’s “Depression Support and Advocacy”  

Domestic Abuse  

Fort Refuge’s Abuse Survivors Chat Community

Love is Respect– text for supportive resources regarding abusive relationships

The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness

Eating Disorders 

Eating Disorders Anonymous

Help Guide’s Articles on Eating Disorders

Overeaters Anonymous

Financial Health and/or Job Stress 

Child Care Aware of America

Federal Trade Commission’s Coping with Debt

Get your Refund– free tax filing

Job Corps

mRelief– Information about food stamps

National Endowment for Financial Education

School Closures – resources (food, childcare, home schooling)

Grief 

CDC’s Page on Grief & Loss 

Help Guide’s Articles on Grief & Loss

National Institutes of Health News in Health’s “Coping with Grief”  

Healthcare 

Healthcare.gov

Health Resources & Services Administration’s Health Centers Database

National Public Radio’s “Coronavirus Reset: How to Get Health Insurance Now”

Patient Access Network Foundation

Housing

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s  “Mortgage and Housing Assistance During the Coronavirus National Emergency” 

Homeless Shelter Directory

US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing and Homeless Assistance

Loneliness  

Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness

Hartford Healthcare’s “The Loneliness of COVID-19”

Healthline’s “How to Deal with Loneliness” 

Humana’s “Loneliness Toolkit” 

Mass.gov’s “Managing Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19”

OCD

BeyondOCD.org

International OCD Foundation 

OCD Challenge  – free program to help you manage your OCD

Peace of Mind Foundation, Inc

Postpartum Depression

Help Guide’s Article on Postpartum Depression

PostpartumDepression.org

Postpartum Support International 

PTSD

Help Guide’s Articles on PTSD & Trauma

PTSD Coach (App for adults and teens)

The National Center for PTSD

Schizophrenia

Help Guide’s Articles on Schizophrenia 

SARDAA’s Schizophrenia App

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) 

Sleep Disorders 

American Sleep Association’s Section on Insomnia 

Center for Clinical Interventions’ Sleep Hygiene Tips

Owaves – a holistic calendar designed to optimize your circadian rhythm

Sleep Disorder Support Groups

SleepEducation.org (provided by American Academy of Sleep Medicine) 

Sleep Foundation

Stress

Duke Human Resources’ “How to Manage Stress”  

Help Guide’s Articles on Stress Management

Mayo Clinic’s “Exercise and Stress: Get Moving to Manage Stress” 

Suicide Prevention 

American Association of Suicidology 

Crisis Text Line (text 741741)

Help Guide’s Articles on Suicide Prevention 

Lifeline Chat 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Veterans Crisis Line