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Emotional wellness involves understanding one's self and adequately facing the challenges life brings. For college students those challenges may include managing emotional reactions such as anxiety, depression and their frequent companion, stress. These are all perfectly normal human emotions that can provide motivation and help build character. It's only when they begin to limit one's ability to function with confidence that they can become an issue. In Spring 2019, a JCU survey revealed that 25.8% of college students reported being diagnosed or treated for anxiety within the previous 12 months, while 18.9% were diagnosed or treated for depression in that period.

Learning to manage our emotional reaction to life is critical in attaining emotional balance and well-being.  Utilize the the resources below to take care of yourselves and others.

On Campus Resources

  • Counseling Center - free and confidential mental health counseling services available for free to all enrolled students
  • Let's Talk - brief, informal, drop-in consultations with a Counseling Center staff member 
  • TAO - Therapy Assistance Online - an interactive app and website free for all JCU students and employees. Offers modules and resources covering a wide range of mental health concerns.
  • Additional Self-Help Resources - including online self-assessments, mental health & wellness app recommendations, and guided relaxation videos
  • Works In Progress Campaign
  • Peer Health Advocates
  • The Relaxation Room - located on the garden level of the Grasselli Library
  • Impact Solutions - EAP program available for all JCU faculty and staff

Off Campus Resources

  • Crisis Text Hotline - a free, 24-hour text line available to anyone in suicidal or emotional distress. Text HOME to 741741.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 800-272-TALK (8255). Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
  • The Steve Fund - the nation’s leading organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. Also provides a 24-hour text line - text STEVE to 741741.
  • The Trevor Project - provides information and 24/7 support to LGBTQ young people.
  • The Jed Foundation - national organization that promotes emotional health and prevents suicide for the nation’s teens and young adults
  • Psychology Today - offers a helpful “Find a Therapist” website for anyone interested in receiving off campus counseling services, whether during the academic year or over breaks.


Talk to someone, journal your thoughts, distraction activities, change up your environment (e.g., go for a walk outside), reach out to a 24/7 support resource (e.g., Crisis Text Hotline). Also, working with a therapist can help you add these and other coping tools to your toolbox, such as mindfulness skills or re-framing unhelpful thinking patterns.

This kind of experience can also feel very isolating, and like they are the only one that is feeling this way, but sharing it with another trusted person can help them feel like they aren't the only one and can alleviate the weight of their struggle.

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Introduction to Self-Compassion

A Deeper Understanding of Self-Compassion

Introduction to Mindfulness

Mental Health Apps
Headspace -  An app for mindfulness and sleep
MyLife Meditation -  An app for mindfulness and sleep
Calm - An app for mindfulness and sleep


Some students enter college recovering from substance abuse, or begin their recovery journey once in college. John Carroll is committed to helping those students through on and off campus resources.

Alcoholics Anonymous®

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

There is an open meeting that takes place every Thursday night at 7:00pm across the street in the Pastoral Center, next to the Church of the Gesu. For other meeting times and locations please visit Alcoholics Anonymous Cleveland.

This is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from leading organizations like SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Here, individuals can hear stories from people with similar life experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use issues, and locate support. Family and friends can learn about addiction and how to encourage treatment, and support sober living on the website.

On the Wagon

In addition to this, if you are searching for other centers to help with recovery from addition, below is a link through “On the Wagon” to help you search for the best resources near you.

Cleveland Addiction Rehab Centers