Are you considering counseling or waiting to attend your scheduled counseling appointment? The Counseling Center offers a range of services and resources that you can utilize prior to, or without, meeting with a counselor. These options address some of the most common concerns students experience including anxiety, loneliness, and stress, with both live and on-demand options, so you can jump start your wellness journey today.
This live workshop is an all-encompassing experience that will culminate in having your own action plan for coping and managing the stressors of being a college student. During this workshop, you will engage in a variety of exercises and reflections to be able to create more effective, healthy, and practical ways to take care of your needs This workshop will be offered in the fall and spring respectively. You can also sign-up on the Bridge! Can’t attend the drop-in workshop? Check out this self-care video instead!
All Loyola students can access free online mental health support with Togetherall, any time, any day. Whether you’re struggling to cope, feeling low or just need a place to talk, Togetherall can help you to explore your feelings in a safe supportive environment. Togetherall includes anonymous peer support, resources, and self-guided courses on a variety of mental-health related concerns. Togetherall also has professionally licensed moderators.
The Science of Well-being. This course, offered by Yale University, is designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. The course is currently available for no cost.
This recorded journaling workshop will introduce the benefits of journaling and provide prompts for students to explore their thoughts and feelings.
RIO is an innovative program specifically tailored to provide quick and useful tools without overburdening the busy schedules of Loyola students. RIO is a 3-week psychoeducational seminar designed to help students clarify their concerns and develop a clearer sense of what they would like to change in their lives. RIO respects students’ individual privacy while still providing ample space to begin building skills through experiential training opportunities. Programs like RIO have been shown to help with overall functioning and sense of well-being, improve concentration and grades, and make adjusting successfully to new environments and challenges more likely. Once you have completed the registration form
a Counseling Center staff member will reach out to you to assist with scheduling. RIO is currently being offered multiple days and times per week via Zoom.
Support Groups provide a place for students to come together to learn new skills, receive support, and share information and resources. The facilitator may provide educational information and facilitate an interactive dialogue among students who are sharing information and resources and providing one another with support. Groups are held weekly to bi-weekly at a scheduled date and time with regular attendance strongly encouraged. Support group offerings range from semester to semester. Learn more and register
for currently available support groups.
Students who prefer to meet with an off-campus counselor, or whose treatment needs are beyond the scope of Counseling Center services, can utilize Welltrack Connect to create and contact a list of curated referral options. A HIPAA-compliant referral service designed specifically for college students, the network includes providers within Loyola’s local network, as well as a nationwide network of providers developed by other college and university counseling centers.
Relaxation is an important part of self-care. Even though it is a common concept, very few of us have had much experience with real relaxation. Our definition of real relaxation is different than exercising, zoning out, socializing, or pursuing a distraction like TV or a book. Those things are important, but they are not truly relaxation. Real relaxation is an intentional, focused period of time during which one is mindful and alert, yet one's muscles are relaxed. This is not necessarily as easy as it might sound, but when you have mastered this skill, it can help restore energy and boost your mood and performance levels much better than those other activities.