Mental Health Resources For Students

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month! 

Did you know that a considerable amount of college-age students experience one or more mental health issues? The 2022-23 Healthy Minds Survey revealed that 59% of college students struggle with these challenges. As you navigate the demands of balancing family, life, and higher education, it’s crucial to realize that you are not alone in your journey. Mental Health Awareness Month (1)

At United Career Institute, we recognize that the journey to earning your degree or diploma can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful. That’s why we are here to provide you with resources to help set you up for success in school and prioritize positive mental health. 

During times of mental health crisis, it is important for students to have access to free resources that offer around-the-clock confidential support. Virtual chat services, text hotlines, and helplines are available for students who are in a crisis situation. Below are three free support lines with real-time support: 

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 support for people in distress. This free and confidential support system can be easily accessed by dialing “988” on your phone, sending a text message to “988”, or utilizing an online chat on their website.     

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, Helpline offers free nationwide peer support for teens and young adults. Trained specialists can provide information, resource referrals, and support through calls, texts, chats, or emails. Support is available Monday through Friday, 10 am-10 pm, by any of the following methods:

Phone: 1-800-950-NAMI
Text: “Friend” to 62640
Chat Online here
Email: [email protected]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides year-round support to those facing mental health or substance abuse disorders. This free and confidential service equips individuals and families with information on local resources, facilities, support groups, and more. SAMHSA’s National Helpline can be reached 24/7 by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or texting your zip code to HELP4U (435748).

Some mental health challenges may not be crisis-level, yet they are still important to manage through additional counseling. Virtual therapy and mental health-focused apps allow students to take control of their mental health in a way that fits their schedules and busy lives. Below are four services that offer guided meditation, journaling, virtual therapy, and other resources. 

Calm is an app that provides audio and video content such as meditation, soundscapes, movement practices, and more. Utilizing the tools in the Calm app can help students better focus while doing schoolwork, reduce stress, get better sleep, and overall improve mental health. Try downloading Calm in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

Moodfit is a virtual resource that provides a comprehensive and customizable support plan. Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, this service equips users with tools such as mood journals, gratitude journals, mindfulness exercises, mental health assessments, nutrition, and more. While Moodfit offers a free and paid subscription service, new users can get a free trial of the premium features to decide if the app works for them before purchasing a year’s subscription. 

Talkspace is an online therapy option that allows students to speak with licensed providers virtually. This can be especially beneficial for busy students or those living in areas lacking mental health support services. Talkspace’s network of therapists and psychiatric providers are experienced in many mental health conditions, treatments, and needs. 

Another virtual therapy option is BetterHelp. BetterHelp operates as an affordable membership service, providing access to video sessions, phone calls, and messages with a licensed therapist. This can be a helpful option for students whose insurance may not cover certain mental health services. 

The United Career Institute Family Is Here For You!

While completing your education may be stressful and overwhelming at times, the United Career Institute family wants you to know that you are not alone! If you are struggling with personal or academic issues, any member of the UCI team can point you in the right direction to get the help you need. 

By highlighting the importance of mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month, you can play a crucial role in erasing the stigma behind asking for help. 

Become a part of the UCI family to earn your degree or diploma in an environment where you are valued. Start on the path to your future by requesting information today.