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Mental health resources for students

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The following message was sent to Twin Cities campus students on April 13:

Dear Twin Cities Campus Students,

As you know, the additional pressure of pending exams and final projects can lead to unmanaged stress and sometimes diminished mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling, it's important to know that you are not alone. Help is available.

Find out more:

  • Consult the Student Mental Health Website. It is the best resource for comprehensive mental health information and resources for students at the University of Minnesota.
  • Online Screening Assessment: You can take an online screening assessment for depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and alcohol. This free screening is made available to all UMN students and is taken anonymously. 
  • The screening is provided so that you may find out-in a few minutes-whether or not a professional consultation would be helpful to you.

If you or a friend is in need of immediate help, please consider the following resources.

Urgent and Crisis Resources:

  • Crisis Connection (24 hours):
    612-301-4673
    U of M Textline: Just text "UMN" to 61222
  • Boynton Mental Health Clinic:
    Urgent counselors are available in person and by phone between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 612-625-8475 to speak with an urgent counselor or come to the Mental Health Clinic on the Fourth floor of Boynton Health located on the East Bank at 410 Church Street SE
  • Student Counseling Services:
    612-624-3323
    Walk-in crisis counseling is offered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis East Bank location at 340 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street SE

How to help a friend struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts:

  1. Take them seriously and take action-If you are worried a friend is thinking of hurting themselves, listen without judging.
  2. Don't promise confidentiality-it is important to tell someone who can help you and can help your friend stay safe. Contact the Crisis Connection (612-301-4673) for support.
  3. Worry less about saying the "right" thing and say something-Let your friend know you want to help. Sometimes knowing someone cares can be reassuring. Think about saying phrases like "I'm worried about you" or "I want to help."
  4. Offer to go with your friend to seek help-Offer to walk your friend to one of the mental health services on campus or to find someone they trust that will be able to get them help.
  5. If you think your friend is in immediate danger, Call 911.

Suicide is an upsetting topic but the reality is that having thoughts of suicide is more common than we would like to think. When we acknowledge this and reach out for help, we can discover that there is help and we are not alone.

Additional spaces for support on or near campus:

  • de-stress is a student-led health promotion group helping students manage stress and connect with mental health resources on campus.de-stress's Stress Check Ins provide an opportunity for support to learn about stressors, stress management strategies, and to connect with campus resources. Stress Check Ins take place at Boynton Health's East Bank location. Schedule yours today.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus Connection (Peer Support) Group will be meeting next on 4/23 and 5/7 at Coffman Memorial Union, Room 325 from 4:30-6:00pm.
  • NAMI Dinkytown Connection Group meets every Tuesday from 7-9:30 at the University Baptist Church.

Please keep these sources in mind, and do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know needs help.

Best,

Danita Brown Young, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Comments

I being a student went through this kind of problem few times but thankfully I came up with no medical emergency.

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