CHW Self-Help & Resources
The health and well-being of our students remain our top priority.
There are resources for students to learn about a variety of health topics, including substance abuse, nutrition, mental health, stress, sleep, and more.
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Coping with Election and Related Stressors
Alcohol, Marijuana, & Other Drugs
- College Drinking, Changing the Culture: Research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students
- Rethinking Drinking: You can take a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): General information about the effects of alcohol on health
- NIAAA: Homepage for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Looking for a meeting in the Boston area?
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Information about commonly misused drugs
- GenerationRx: Medication safety resources and information for teachers and students (K-college), student understanding of medication safety issues, particular the dangers of abusing prescription, and over-the-counter medications
- Alcohol Awareness – Facts & Stats [PDF]
- Marijuana – Questions & Answers [PDF]
Cold & Flu
- Flu Facts: MA Department of Public Health
- Flu Season is Here: Helpful tips for preventing the flu
Racial Trauma, Culture, and Identity
- Racism Pandemic - APA
- Self-Care for People of Color After Psychological and Emotional Trauma
- Advice for White Individuals Following the Shooting of a Black Individual
- How White People Can Be Allies
- Black Lives Matter: Meditations for People of Color and White Allies
- Guidance for Responding to Racial Trauma: Includes guidance for health professionals and others
- Lecture on Self-Care, Soul-Care, and Healing
- Culturally Competent Provider Guide: Finding mental healthcare that fits your cultural background
- Mental Health Resources for Students of Color Brochure [PDF]
- Racial Trauma (Wallet Card) [PDF]
- The Steve Fund
- Text “STEVE” to 741-741 for crisis support for young people of Color
- NYC Well, 24/7, 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), or Text "WELL" to 65173
- Service and Website Available in Cantonese and Mandarin. Dial 1-888-692-9355 for Chinese.
- DeQH (Hotline for South Asian/Desi LGBTQ+)
- (908) 367-3374
- Young People of Color @ 7cups (Private online support community for young People of Color)
- YB Men Project (Private social media group for young men of Color)
- Rest for Resistance (Mental health healing space for Queer People of Color)
- The Icarus Project (Inclusive social justice online community)
- Visibility Project (Stories & videos to support the queer Asian Pacific American women & transgender community)
- Dior Vargas (People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project)
- Nalgona Positivity Pride (Eating Disorder blog and support for people of Color)
- ManUp Podcast – Masculinity, Race, and Relationships in the Modern World
- Therapy for Black Girls (Podcast focused on the mental health of Black women)
- The Healing Justice Podcast (Podcast about social justice and collective healing)
- Coffee with Karim Podcast (Muslim mental health, psychology and spirituality podcast)
- Mindful Muslim Podcast (Podcast about mental health, psychology, Islam & spirituality)
- Ourselves Black (Blog, Resources, & Podcast about Black Mental Health)
- Erasing Shame (Podcast about shame and mental health in the Asian American community)
- Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health (Mental health podcast)
- Nopal Kweenz (3 Latinx Therapists discuss Mental health)
- Emotions In Harmony (Mental Health podcast by a Latinx psychologist in English/Spanish)
- Between Sessions (Podcast by therapists of Color for people of Color)
- The Safe Place (Black Mental Health app)
- Liberate (Meditation app by and for Black, Indigenous & People of Color community)
- Resources for Law students of Color
- Resources for students of Color
- InnoPsych (Mental health resources for People of Color)
- Boston GLASS (Services for LGBTQ+ youth of Color)
- Self-care for Black Muslims
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
Eating Disorders & Body Image
- CollegeGambling.org: Developed by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) as a tool to help current and prospective students, campus administrators, campus health professionals, and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on campus.
- National Council on Problem Gambling
Healthy Living for College Students
- Student Health 101 is a free e-publication for all Suffolk University students. Monthly issues highlight a variety of college health and wellness topics.
- Recommendations for Healthy Living for College Students
- Move Your Way – Center for Disease Control Recommendations for Exercise
Healthy Relationships, Relationship Abuse, & Sexual Assault
- Suffolk University's policy on sexual misconduct on campus. The policy also tells students what they can do if this happens to them or a friend.
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: 24/7 hotline 800-841-8371. Free, confidential services to survivors, their friends and families, and professionals ages 12 and older
- RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
- Centers for Disease Control—Statistics and information about sexual violence
- LoveIsRespect—What is a healthy relationship?
- Relationship Spectrum
- Domestic Violence Awareness Brochure [PDF]
- Sexual Assault – Awareness, Response, & Prevention [PDF]
- Healing & Accountability Wheel from the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective [PDF]
Mental Health (depression, anxiety, etc)
- 10 Ways to Build Resilience
- Anxiety and Stress Brochure
- Coping with Tragedy & Violent Events: Common responses, coping strategies, and when to seek professional help
- Ourselvesblack.com: Mental Illness Library
- Perfectionism: Tips for Challenging Perfectionism
- Suicide Prevention & Awareness: signs that someone might be experiencing suicidal thoughts and where to find help and support
- ULifeline: An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention
- Seasonal Depression Handout [PDF]
- Depression – Symptoms, Causes, & Support [PDF]
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Balanced Eating: Learn to eat well without overthinking it
- Scarleteen: The highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online for 15-25 year olds.
- GYT provides the facts on STIs, testing, and protection; talking tips to help young people communicate with their partners, parents, and health care providers; and a testing center locator provided by the CDC.
- Alice!: Information on college sexual health. Ask questions or find an answer to a question. A SUPERs favorite!
- Planned Parenthood: Info on sexual health, contraception, emergency contraception, etc
- American Social Health Association: ASHA is America's authority for sexual health information.
- Centers for Disease Control Sexual Health & Topics page
Testing for STIs and HIV
- Testing is available, whether or not you will have to pay out of pocket for the testing depends on what type of health insurance you have. Please review your health insurance policy for coverage details. There are also many free and low-cost STI testing sites in Boston. You can also call Counseling, Health & Wellness Services for more information regarding STI testing.
- Planned Parenthood: Get free and confidential testing for STIs as well as non-judgemental options about birth control at your local Planned Parenthood health center.
- Boston GLASS: Organization offering services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies. Same day free and confidential prevention and testing services for STIs and HIV/AIDS.
- Fenway Health: Organization offering specialized healthcare for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies. Fenway Health is a safe and respectful place to receive testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS and other STIs.
- MIT's Community Wellness Downloads (mindfulness and relaxation audio files)
- National Sleep Foundation
- Sleep Hygiene Checklist: The Do's and Don'ts for better sleep
- Get Better Sleep During Finals: How to fuel your studying with good sleep
- Understanding Sleep (National Institutes of Health)
- What Makes a Good Night's Sleep (for college students)
Stress Management & Self-Care
- Managing Stress (medline plus)
- Coping With Stress Checklist (Mental Health America)
- Meditation (Mayo Clinic)
- Relaxation Techniques (Mayo Clinic)
- The Warning Signs of Stress
- Quick Relaxation Techniques
- A Breathing Relaxation Exercise - I am Relaxed
- Time Management
- Self-Care & Stress Management Ideas [PDF]
- Truth Initiative: is America's largest nonprofit public health organization committed to making tobacco use a thing of the past.
- American Cancer Society: Includes FAQ about tobacco and cancer.
- Electronic Cigarettes: Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.
- How to Quit Smoking: The American Lung Association can help people figure out their reasons for quitting and then take steps towards quitting for good.
- Tobacco Free College Campus: Resources, tools and support to keep students healthy at school.