Minding Your Mind

What is good mental health? According to the World Health Organization, good mental health is when you can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and realize your potential. Habits for good brain health include staying well-rested, staying active and hydrated, finding balance in your life, stimulating your brain by learning new things, and living in the moment (mindfulness). Having an attitude of gratitude also can boost your self-esteem. Research shows writing down a few things you're thankful for each day helps you feel more satisfied in life.

Sometimes working with a professional can help sort out our thoughts and correct habits that are not serving us positively. The University of Iowa offers specialized matching with therapists who you can see at no cost! 

University Counseling Services - Therapists

When things are completing overwhelming, you need help right away. If it's an emergency, call 911. To get same-day crisis aid for mental health, abuse, rape, and suicide ideation, visit University Counseling's website.

University Counseling - Crisis Information

Need special accommodations because of a psychological or physical impairment? Learn your options! 

Student Disability Services 

The College offers a quiet space, located at PHAR S553, that students may use for spiritual reasons, to meditate, or take a break from the day.

There are many terrific apps to help keep your mental health strong. And nearly every one has a free version. Sometimes they work great on their own, and other times as a supplement to counseling. Try them out!


Headspace (offers a student rate)

Health Minds Program

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