Compiled by Newton South’s Faculty Emotional Wellness Team
Things you can do for yourself or a friend if you are struggling with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or other overwhelming emotions:
1) Remember ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell/Treatment): Acknowledge that you’re having a hard time, take care of yourself by telling a trusted adult about how you’re feeling and/or getting connected to treatment via a medical or mental health professional.
2) Speak with an adult you trust about how you’re feeling and thoughts you’re having (family member, teacher, coach, nurse, counselor, mentor, etc.)
3) Call or text a hotline e.g. Samaritans (877.870.4673) to share your feelings and thoughts
4) Talk to a friend to share how you’ve been feeling and talk about what’s been difficult lately
5) If someone is confiding in you, listen to them. According to Samaritans, “listening to someone can: show you care, give that person a greater feeling of control, and help them feel connected to someone else.”
6) Take steps to de-stress in positive/healthy ways- this looks different for different people but can sometimes include: writing down thoughts and feelings, taking walks, listening to music, exercising, reading, coloring, calling or visiting a friend or family member, and more
7) Consider seeing a therapist, and/or joining a therapeutic support group, for short or long term
8) Keep in mind that help is out there and it is possible to feel better
Want to be more involved in transforming the conversation about mental health and promoting emotional wellness at South and beyond?
1) visit an Aware student group meeting (Wednesdays, J Block, Faculty Dining Room)– all students are welcome!
2) look into volunteering with Samaritans (Call: 617.536.2460)
3) host a fundraiser to donate money to a mental health organization of your choice
4) participate in an Out of Darkness walk (hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) [For example: Concord-Carlisle/Metro West Walk – October 2, 2016, 2pm-5pm]
5) More ideas & not sure where to share them – visit your guidance counselor, a member of the Faculty Wellness Team, and/or visit an Aware student group meeting to share your idea
List of resources:
Samaritans Statewide Helpline: “Whatever the reason, you can call… You are not alone.”
877.870.HOPE (877.870.4673) | Call or Text 24/7
Ok2talk.org & 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)
Riverside Emergency Services: 24/7 emergency hotline for mental health crises. 800.529.5077
National Suicide Hotline (24 hours): 800.273.TALK (800.273.8255)
You Matter: “You Matter in good and tough times. We all matter. And if you need support during those tough times, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help you through.”
Trevor Lifeline (866.488.7386) – free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also ask for help on TrevorChat or TrevorText. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
Health Clinic in Boston: “The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, affectionately known as the Borum, is a program of Fenway Health that provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12–29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else. No one is turned away – we’ll do whatever it takes to help you.” 617.457.8140
Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association: MEDA’s mission is to prevent the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection.
617.558.1881 ext. 15
Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline: 800.327.5050
Active Minds: Changing the Conversation About Mental Health. Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.
To find a therapist: William James College INTERFACE Referral Service: 888.244.6843 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)