April 11, 2017
How are you feeling?
As we start spring quarter and celebrate the change in season, it is also important to acknowledge that some within our campus community are facing challenges from a range of stressors: from a polarized political environment to academic and personal difficulties. Such challenges can add stress to what are already demanding times. The time is therefore right to remind you of the resources we have on campus to support your academic engagement and well-being. Our goal as a university is to help create and environment conducive to growth and learning while giving you proactive ways to manage emotions, make meaning of current events, and connect with others to engage in community building.
Here are some tips to help manage your stress level this quarter:
- Refuel. Restore yourself. Eat well, regulate your sleep pattern, drink water, exercise, laugh, be creative, etc. Incorporate activities that are rejuvenating.
- Connect. Engage with supportive friends, talk with loved ones and/or spend time in comforting environments. Critically engage with your own and others’ reactions but also communicate your boundaries when necessary.
- Unplug. Limit your consumption of news and social media. Monitor your reactions. Reflect. Set time limits for how long you spend on social media.
- Volunteer. Channel what you feel into positive, rewarding and meaningful activity. Join a UW or Seattle organization.
Students who are struggling or in distress may benefit from seeking help from additional supportive resources:
Counseling Center: Free and open to all registered students offering counseling and consultation services
Hall Health Center: Primary care, consulting nurse and mental health counseling. Initial visits are free and most student insurance is accepted for ongoing care.
Health & Wellness: Offering outreach, consultation, referrals. Programs include Suicide Intervention, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Advocacy, and Alcohol and Other Drug Consultation and Education.
Disability Resources for Students: Serves students with temporary and permanent disabilities, providing academic and other accommodations (including injuries and mental health issues).
206-543-8924 (voice and relay)
Safe Campus: UW’s central reporting office for violence prevention and response. If you have safety concerns, call for a consultation, connection to resources, and/or implementation of safety measures.
- Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741-741 (24hr, confidential, free, crisis intervention- via text)
- Now Matters Now: Skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- ULifeline.org: Online resources for college mental health.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800.273.8255(TALK) For Hearing and Speech Impaired: 800.799.4TTY (4889)
If you need help or are concerned about a friend, we strongly encourage you to reach out to one of the resources listed above. Take care of yourselves and each other.