The PSU Counseling Center is glad to suggest self-help resources. The PSU Counseling Center offers these resources as possible suggestions, yet does not necessarily endorse these resources.
Please select from our suggested resources from the left, or by clicking the following links:
- Anxiety Toolbox focuses on helping students understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage those symptoms. The content of this 3 session group includes: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. Through this group, students will be able develop their own individualized plan for managing anxiety.
- Getting Unstuck focuses on helping students understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage those symptoms. The content of this 3 session group includes: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) developing alternative responses to depression. Through this group, students will be able to develop their own individualized plan for getting unstuck and managing depression.
- 3-Steps Forward focuses on building skills and creating flexibility in how to respond to distress. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) helping you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) creating flexibility in how you view and approach these issues, and (3) helping you take steps toward living with a wide range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, students will have a better sense of their personal values and how they want to focus their energy.
- Seeking Serenity focuses on helping students understand emotional distress and building skills to manage challenging emotions. The content of this 3 session group includes: (1) learning about how to more effectively tolerate distress and manage painful emotions, and (2) learning tools to identify and change the things that contribute to distress that are within your capacity to change, and (3) accepting and more effectively managing the things that you are unable to change. Through this group, students will be able develop their own individualized plan for managing emotional distress.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing is a presentation that focuses on the themes of resiliency and basic mental health and wellness. Coping skills and self-care strategies are discussed. Campus resources are also reviewed.
- Finding Motivation and Getting Work Done: Accessing Your Inner Hero is a presentation that focuses on learning to walk the hero’s journey to find one’s motivation/purpose, learn skills, and to work on one’s goals. This hero’s journey is explored through examples of superheroes, historical figures, athletes, and other heroes. Campus resources are also reviewed.
WellTrack Boost App
Plymouth State University students now have free access to the WellTrack Boost app, which is an interactive self-help therapy app.
The WellTrack Boost app provides various self-help therapy tools, including courses/videos on mental health, a Zen room, thought diary, information on cognitive distortions, fun achievements, activity scheduler, mood check, and wellness assessment. The WellTrack Boost app also provides referral information to various PSU and community resources for various challenges students might face (i.e. academic, financial, sexual violence, addiction, health and wellness, safety and security, community involvement/making connections, and career support).
Students can simply download the WellTrack Boost app and register with their Plymouth.edu email address for free access to the app
For more information about mental health, please consider visiting the following websites by clicking on the following links. If you would like to discuss these resources or would like further information, please contact the PSU Counseling Center to speak with one of our licensed counselors.
- The Jed Foundation: The Jed Foundation is committed to reducing the young adult suicide rate by furthering understanding of the underlying causes of suicide, by increasing awareness of the issue of college student mental health and suicide, and by creating effective prevention programs on college campuses.
- NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
- NAMI Suicide Prevention Handout: This resource was designed by NAMI for PSU community members
- HelpGuide.org: HelpGuide’s mission is to provide research driven, unbiased tools and information to strengthen mental and emotional health for anyone, anywhere, any time, regardless of their ability to pay.
- Go Ask Alice!: Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Promotion Program. The site consists of a variety of health information on many subjects, questions and answers for the week, as well as an opportunity to ask your own questions.
- MEDA: The Multi-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) is an eating disorders nonprofit organization in New England. Provides education about eating disorders and their underlying causes to develop a compassionate community that promotes hopefulness and supports healing. Offers a variety of services to support individuals and loved ones through the various stages of their journey.
- NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
- ANAD: The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) provides free, peer support services and eating disorder support groups to anyone struggling with an eating disorder.
- Mindful Eating Article: An article from “Am I Hungry” regarding mindful eating and eating 101.
- Boundin’ (Pixar)
- Brains: Journey to Resilience
- The prison of your mind | Sean Stephenson | TEDxIronwoodStatePrison
Changing Perspective/Cognitive Restructuring
- 90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress
- Joy Story
- The Present
- Mister Rogers – The Helpers
- Self-compassion.org by Kristin Neff, PhD
- The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen
- What is Mindfulness?
- How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg
- Why Mindfulness is a Superpower
- Headspace | Meditation | The Noting technique
- Soles-Of The Feet-Kristin-Neff
- Nuggets: A Minimalist Animated Short about Drug Addiction
- John Broderick: From Chief Justice to Mental Health Crusader
- 90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress
- Piper (Pixar)
- Ashe Vernon – Post Panic Attack @WANPOETRY
- How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch
- Get Over Your Ex Meditation – How to Heal From a Breakup and Let Go of Heartbreak Meditation
- Anxious Attachment
- Avoidant Attachment
- Evolving Love Self-Regulating Meditation for Avoidant Attachment