Day to Day

Leading a healthy, balanced life enhances not only physical health but mental health as well. Here are some basics to keep in mind:

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Get enough exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Make sure you have enough positive social interaction

What Life is Hard

Some students struggle with occasional or ongoing symptoms of mental illness, which may include the urge to self-harm, suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors, or problems with impulse control If you or someone you care about struggles with such challenges, here are some suggestions to prevent crises before they happen. (If this is a life-threatening crisis, please click here.)

  • An ongoing, supportive relationship with a therapist can be helpful, or shorter-term counseling can be used to problem solve. Appointments can be made at the Counseling Center by calling (413) 748-3345. The Counseling Center can also help with referrals to providers in the community. 
  • Resources for times of greater distress can be helpful to have on hand, including the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and the Crisis Texting Line (text "START" to 741-741). 
  • Some people find it helpful to write down prevention plans. Copies can be given to trusted friends and relatives for greater safety. These plans may include: 
    • A list of symptoms that are signs that the individual should seek help and/or support-- for example, changes in concentration, eating, or sleeping; suicidal ideation.
      • Identify what you or others can do to help when you see these symptoms (e.g. deep breathing, call a trusted friend/family member, listen to music, journal). 
  • Creating a list of helpful phone numbers, including healthcare providers, family members, friends, and a suicide crisis line such as 1-800-273-TALK. 
  • Committing to a friend or family member that the individual will call trusted friends or relatives, a trusted doctor, a crisis line, or a hospital when symptoms become severe. 
  • Writing down encouraging reminders to yourself to be read during times of distress, such as "my life is valuable and worthwhile, even if it doesn't feel that way right now."
  • Recording a message or writing a note to yourself to review during times of stress and struggle.