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Empowerment & Education

Empowerment and education are key in strengthening one’s mental health journey. Being provided the tools and access to resources for coping, healing, and awareness are key in being able to feel balanced and present in our lives, as well as feeling able to be connected and purposeful in our actions. The following resources can help with feeling empowered and educated around different dimensions of wellness and self-development. 

Empowerment & Education Resources
  • Counseling Center Resources for Students
  • Kognito: An online, interactive tool that helps students recognize signs of psychological distress in peers; provides hands-on skills training for engaging in supportive conversations and making effective referrals for mental health services.
  • Active Minds: A student-led organization focused on increasing conversations around mental health across college campuses. 

Belonging & Community

A sense of belonging is crucial to maintaining emotional and mental wellness. Mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and others are often associated with lack of belonging and at their worst can lead to community and social withdrawal. Being connected to community support helps us to manage stress and often allows for more ideas for ways to cope. The following resources can help establish a sense of belonging and community on campus.

Belonging & Community Resources
  • Togetherall: A free, 24/7, safe and anonymous online community for students to discuss and receive support around mental and emotional health needs.
  • Get to Know Your Village:  A list of offices and departments at Loyola all working to foster a sense of belonging on campus.
  • Green Bandana Brigade: A group of individuals committed to destigmatizing mental health and spreading awareness of campus, local, and national resources for students in need of support.
  • Counseling Center Quarterly Newsletter: The Retreat: Quarterly publication that shares Counseling Center updates and highlights resources addressing self-agency, justice and equity, campus partnerships. 

Holistic Wellness

There are a number of wellness-based resources to be aware of, especially since our mental health does not flourish or diminish in a vacuum! Things like our physical health, academic readiness, occupational health and more all play a role in our emotional and mental wellness. The following resources can help with addressing holistic wellness for one’s time at Loyola and beyond. 

Holistic Wellness Resources
  • RecWell Wellness: Loyola’s Department of Recreation and Wellness Website that includes information on resources and services for you as students. 
  • Student Health Center: Loyola’s office for student health and wellness services as well as education, including primary care and preventative needs.
  • Project Healthy Minds: A non-profit organization with various resources and tools for addressing mental health concerns and needs for this generation.
  • Disability and Accessibility Services: Loyola’s office for supporting students with various disabilities with a focus on affirmation, empowerment, and equity that will promote success. 
  • Get To Know Your Village: A list of offices and departments at Loyola all working to foster a sense of belonging on campus and that provide services that span different dimensions of wellness.