Brianna Wilson
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You have been through a lot. Whether or not you are consciously aware of what the world has put you through, it is way too much to shoulder on your own. Even if you think nothing drastic has happened in your personal life, you have definitely carried the weight of the pandemic on your shoulders, and that is enough to crush anyone’s bones.

National Suicide Prevention week began on Sept. 5 and ended on Sept. 11, though most have come to recognize the entire month of September as Suicide Prevention Month. This article will provide various resources, on and off-campus, that can assist anyone feeling suicidal, depressed, anxious, or even just a little lost.

Resources You Can Find On Campus

The Counseling Center offers virtual and in-person counseling to full-time undergraduate students from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, they are closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily. To schedule an appointment, either call 562.907.4239 or email counselingcenter@whittier.edu the Counseling Center. The Center also has an emergency line available after hours at 562.464.4548. This line is not for life-threatening situations. Any serious situations should be directed to Campus Safety 562.907.4211 which has on-call therapists available, or to 911.

The Counseling Center also offers other services: individual therapy, couples therapy, grief counseling, mental health workshops, referrals for psychic evaluation, and the lending library, which provides various media resources about mental and social issues, free for student use. 

LET’S TALK is an extension of WC’s Counseling Center that focuses on informal, confidential consultations for current, full-time, undergraduate students. It costs nothing to attend these LET’S TALK meetings. You do not need an appointment to attend; they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To get connected, call 562.907.4239, or visit the Counseling Center. Their hours vary: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, and 1:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Fridays.

TalkCampus is an app that allows students to anonymously talk about anything, and get support from fellow students around the world who have the same struggles. The app is available for free if you sign up with your poet email. You can also become a TalkCampus volunteer as a community peer supporter. The TalkCampus team trains volunteers online, equipping them with the skills needed to support someone online. In being a TalkCampus volunteer, there are no designated shifts and a flexible training process. TalkCampus values the mental health of volunteers just as much as the students who use the app.

YOU@Whittier is an online tool that provides students with tips to guide them through any difficulties they may face in terms of their physical and mental health. This program is also free with your Whittier College login information, and it is entirely confidential and personalized. YOU will help students set goals for themselves, keep themselves organized, and only provide information on things that pertain to each individual’s situation. It’s completely tailored to you. To use this tool for free, sign in with your Whittier College credentials at you.whittier.edu.

Calm is a meditation app that allows you to personalize your own experience on the app. As soon as you join, Calm asks what you are looking for — better sleep, for example, or increasing happiness. Though the app is full of paid features, Whittier College offers a paid six-month subscription to the app! Email the Counseling Center at counselingcenter@whittier.edu to get a code for six free months of Calm!

The Economic Crisis Committee is available to assist students who are facing financial difficulties, food insecurity, or issues involving transportation and technology. If you are struggling financially, email fromo@whittier.edu or call 562.907.4233 for help from Whittier College.

Whittier College’s latest InSTALLment, written by Chikako Yamaghuchi, Psy.D., detailed some self-care tips and reminders that could help students through stressful times. These included:

  • Turning off your cell phone and spending some time in nature
  • Moving your body, whether that means going on a simple walk, or doing more complicated exercise
  • Trying Box Breathing
  • Reading a book — for pleasure rather than schoolwork
  • Practicing daily gratitude and positive self-talk
  • Trying a new recipe or finding a new restaurant to visit
  • Trying meditation (which is a service available through the Calm app)
  • Practicing yoga
  • Listening to music that you enjoy

Do anything that will help you momentarily step away from things that are stressing you out, so long as it is a healthy and safe practice.

Off-Campus Resources

Though Whittier College does have a variety of self-help tools and community resources, they may not be exactly what you are looking for. There are plenty of resources available off campus — ones that are simple to use and easy to slip into a busy schedule.

These hotlines and websites are helpful in crisis situations:

  • To reach a trained crisis counselor, text HELP to 741741.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is reachable 24/7 at 800.273.8255.
  • The Trevor Project specifically served young adults belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community, available by phone at 1.866.488.7386 or at thetrevorproject.org.

The following hotlines and websites are not for crisis situations, but can still be useful if you are going through a difficult time:

  • The California Peer Run Warm Line is available 24/7 at 855.845.7415 or at mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline.
  • The AMI WLA Crisis Counseling Program, English/Spanish Warm Line is available at 424.293.0646.

These free apps offer support with anxiety, sleep, exercises for reducing stress, and more:

  • Savello helps people with anxiety and depression; it offers users self-care tips, coaching, therapy, and a supportive community.
  • What’s Up allows users to record their daily emotions and asks reflective questions to encourage users to think about their day-to-day struggles, especially in terms of social interaction. It also offers ‘get grounded’ exercises, such as naming five countries, that are often used for anxiety attacks.
  • Headspace is a meditation app that offers follow-along videos for light exercise, breathing, and meditation, as well as tips offered through different categories, like sleep and feel-good yoga. 
  • CBT Thought Record Diary allows its users to keep track of their daily thoughts and emotions as a way to vent, rather than bottle up negativity on a daily basis.

These websites offer help to specific communities:

  • Informed Immigrants, informedimmigrant.com/guides/ — for undocumented individuals
  • St John’s Transgender Health Program, 323.541.1411 — for transgender support
  • The Renfrew Center of Los Angeles, 1.800.RENFREW (1.800.736.3739) — for eating disorders
  • SAMHSA National Helpline, 1.800.662.4357 — in English and Spanish, for substance abuse
  • Veteran and First Responder Healthcare, 800.530.1250 or telehealth@vfrhealthcare.com — for first responders, healthcare professionals, essential workers, veterans 

The following resources are not free, but are available for affordable prices:

  • HealthiestYou, $40 – $85, offers support to college students. This program is free if you are enrolled in the College’s insurance plan.
  • 7 Cups, $150 per month, is an online therapy site. They also provide free group chat counseling, like TalkCampus, where you can chat with other people in the 7 Cups community.
  • Support Groups Central offer group therapy through video meetings for a number of mental and physical burdens.
  • Pelican Cove offers therapy to low-income families in the L.A. area.
  • Open Path Collective, $30 – $60, is a nonprofit therapy organization that can connect you to a licensed therapist for a low cost.

This article does not encapsulate all of the resources available for struggling college students; there are so many resources out there. Remember to take care of yourself. Your mental health is so important; if you have to step away from your work to take care of yourself, do so. Put yourself first; you can worry about the rest later.

Featured Image: Sage Amdahl / Quaker Campus

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  • Brianna Wilson is an English major who has been with the Quaker Campus since her first year at Whittier College. In-between work and school, Brianna loves journaling, working out, and watching YouTube videos (mostly from the gaming community).

Brianna Wilson is an English major who has been with the Quaker Campus since her first year at Whittier College. In-between work and school, Brianna loves journaling, working out, and watching YouTube videos (mostly from the gaming community).
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