Anxiety and Stress Resources

On Campus Resources 

Health Promotion Services (SHS)

Health Promotion Services offers appointments with a stress management specialist to help students with anxiety and related issues, relaxation training sessions, stress management workshops, a resource library, and more.

SHS Groups

Often, the support and points of view of others can be particularly helpful. In group counseling, students consider and try out new ways of dealing with people and situations in relatively safe surroundings. All groups are led by members of the Mental Health Services staff. Please go to https://shs.wustl.edu/MentalHealth/Pages/Groups.aspx for more information on SHS groups.

Coping with Stress (Fall 2016)

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Facilitated by rotating counseling staff Fridays, Sept. 30 – Dec. 2, 1:15-2:00pm South Forty House, Meeting Room 1

If you’re feeling stressed out, looking for ways to find a healthy life balance, or just want to take a mini-break from your busy day, this is the group for you. Through experiential activities you’ll learn a variety of new skills for managing stress, reducing anxiety and improving mood. We offer this group throughout the semester and you can attend as many sessions as you like. No pre-registration required.

Finding Your Center (Fall 2016)

Facilitated by Jackie Miller, M.Ed., LCSW

Fridays, Dardick Seminar Room

Oct 7, 14, 21, and Nov 4, 11, and 18, 2:15-3:45pm

This workshop series incorporates a number of holistic strategies that help students quiet their mind and feel more focused. Each session allows time to practice relaxation techniques, deep breathing, and meditation exercises that help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. To register or for questions contact Jackie Miller at jmiller@wustl.edu.

Meditation Mondays (Fall 2016)

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Relaxation sessions will be held in DUC room 278 (Goldberg formal lounge) on 9/19, 10/24, 11/21, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3 at 3:10 pm and 4:10 pm for forty minutes each (two sessions are offered on each date).

 

 

Stress-less@WashU

A free consultation targeting and reducing your main areas of stress through a resource-based mindfulness approach through a 20-minute comprehensive analysis of your current technology usage, habits, and self-care routine.

To schedule your stress-less consultation please sign up online at:
tinyurl.com/stresslesswashu

Let’s Talk

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“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides students with easy access to free, brief, confidential consultations with counselors from Mental Health Services (MHS). MHS counselors hold walk-in hours at selected sites on campus during which students can stop by when their schedule permits- no appointments needed. While “Let’s Talk” consultation sessions are not to replace traditional counseling services offered in-house at MHS, they can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

Tuesdays, 3:15- 4:45 pm
Engineering , Lopata Hall Room 303
Counselor: Stephanie Stockham­Ronollo
­ Begins 9/13 and ends 12/6, Closed 11/22

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm
Athletic Complex: Hall of Champions
Counselor: Brad Kinnear
­ Begins 9/7 and ends 12/7, Closed 9/28, 10/5, and 11/23
*On 11/2 this site will transfer to the Wellness Wing, Somers Recreation Center

Thursdays, 3:15-4:45 pm
Center for Diversity and Inclusion,
2nd Floor Olin Library
Counselor: Karolyn Senter
­ Begins 9/15 and ends 12/8, Closed on 11/24

Fridays. 1:30-3:00 pm
Office of International Students and Scholars, Stix House
Counselor: Ciloue Stewart
­Beginning 9/16 and ending 12/9, Closed on 11/25

 

Off Campus and Online Resources

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Website has information on different types of anxiety disorders, depression, and related disorders, as well as resources for getting help and managing these issues.  Also has tools for finding therapists and support groups in a particular area.

National Institute of Mental Health

Website has information on different types of anxiety disorders, signs and symptoms, different treatment options, and living with these issues.

Student Guide to Surviving Stress in College and Beyond

Feelings of stress at school or at work are normal, healthy even, as our bodies react to exciting, welcomed challenges. However, if we are not mindful of our mental health, we start feeling the harmful effects of our stress — an inability to complete tasks, make decisions, or continue a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This guide helps students recognize and understand feelings of stress and anxiety and how to manage these feelings so that they don’t become overwhelming. Key elements of the guide include:

– A comprehensive review of the different types of stress and their accompanying signs and symptoms
– An overview of the causes and effects of college stress
– An in-depth look at anxiety: how it relates to stress, common anxiety disorders and tools for anxiety management
– Resources, techniques, and tips to help manage overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety

Students’ Guide to Dealing with College Stress

The guide takes an in-depth look at the various stressors confronted by students. From grades and money to feelings of isolation, it inspects what students are dealing with and how they are affected by stress and anxiety. Key elements of the guide include:

– “Do”s and “Don’t”s of college stress
– Common signs of students in need and where to find help
– External stress-management resources

For more information from SHS, please visit:

shs.wustl.edu/HealthAndWellness/HealthTopics/Pages/Anxiety.aspx 

shs.wustl.edu/HealthAndWellness/HealthTopics/Pages/Stress.aspx

shs.wustl.edu/HealthAndWellness/HealthTopics/Pages/Relaxation-Techniques.aspx 

 

Apps for Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Apps can be downloaded through the iTunes store for iOS or Google Play for Android

unnamed Calm is a mindfulness meditation app

  • Guided meditations for sleep, anxiety, stress and other distractions
    • Unguided timed meditations with relaxing background scenery and sounds

 

 

Pacifica is targeted to help those with anxiety, mood disorders and imagesstress

  • Tracks emotions, thoughts and health.
  • Suggests activities based on mood.
  • Teaches deep breathing, behavioral exercises, and identifying negative thinking patterns, and learning how to replace them with positive thinking patterns.

 

SAM is a self-help anxiety management app. Helps users:

  • Understand causes of anxiety
  • Monitor anxious thoughts and behaviors over time
  • Manage anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection
  • ‘Social cloud’ feature allows users to anonymously get support from SAM community

Breathe2Relax is a breathing exercise tool

  • Teaches diaphragmatic breathing exercise
  • Breathing exercise help decrease ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress response), help with mood stabilization, anger control and anxiety management

 

 

Anxiety disorder infographic