Self-Help Resources

Counseling Resources and Self-Help Links for the HFU Community


What you can do while waiting for you’re an appointment

When a person is stressed or upset, it can feel difficult to wait for your appointment time. Here are some things you can do to manage during those times until a stressor passes, or until you can speak with your Counselor. You may find some or all of the following hints to be helpful in a time of stress:

  1. Exercise can help improve your mood. Start with light (even just a few minutes) or moderate exercise, and work up to approximately 30 minutes per day.
  2. Good nutrition will help build your strength for coping with difficult problems. Don’t skip meals and try to make nutritious food selections.
  3. Avoid alcohol and other drugs during times of distress. While these can give a sense of temporary relief, they can also cause a decline in mood, a decrease in sleep quality, and/or intensify other symptoms.
  4. Call or visit a friend, loved-one, or RA. Seek out positive people who will listen without judging or giving unwanted advice.
  5. Sleep – if you’re getting too little (less than approximately 6 hours) or too much (approximately more than 9 hours) sleep, this can increase stress, sadness, or even exacerbate headaches.
  6. Plan at least one pleasurable activity every day. Engage in activities which renew or inspire your heart, mind, and body.
  7. Try meditation, a relaxation exercise, or yoga. One example of a relaxation exercise is 10 minutes of slow, deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
  8. If faith is important to you, prayer and service attendance can also lift the spirits.
  9. Spend time in nature and seek out beauty. Find ways to accept yourself and forgive mistakes in your life.
  10. Time management and Organization– rushing around can increase stress. Try getting a planner. Make lists of things you want or need to accomplish and plan when you will do them. Remember to make it realistic and balanced; this means planning for fun and down-time as well as work!
  11. Keep to a routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to classes, etc., even if you don’t always feel like it. Sometimes just doing the routine or staying active can help you to feel better.
  12. Laugh! Watch a funny movie or TV show. Laughter can cause a chain reaction that lifts mood.
  13. Spending time with a pet
  14. Get involved in something meaningful that speaks to your values
  15. Help someone else with something small and manageable that they are struggling with.

There are many resources on the Internet and Web that are geared specifically to the needs of students. You may wish to check out some of the following sites. Holy Family University is not responsible for the content on these sites and does not claim to agree or disagree with any content or the accuracy of the content found on these sites.


Potential Self-Help Resources

Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Wellness Tools:

20 Positive Psychotherapy Exercises

Living Well

Relaxation for Stress Management


Black, Indiginous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

Mental Health America (MHA)


Eating Disorders:

National Eating Disorders Association

Renfrew Center in Philadelphia

Nation Eating Disorder Support and Recovery

Grief, Trauma, and PTSD:

Coping With Grief

How to cope after a traumatic event?

PTSD Coach Online


Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Questioning:

The Attic Youth Center

The Mazzoni Center

The Philadelphia Office of LGBT

The William Way Community Center


Mental Health Information:

Healthy Minds Philly

JED Foundation

One Love Foundation

Love is Louder

Half of Us

Department of Behavioral Intervention

Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (MHASP)

Mental Health Resources Guide

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill


Mental Health Screening Tools:

Ulifeline Self-Evaluator

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Screening for Mental Health


Veteran’s Resources:

 Behavioral Health Services in Philadelphia

 For Faculty: VA Campus Toolkit

 Military to College Guide



Cutting and Self Injury: Finding Better Ways to Cope

Door of Hope

How to Help a Friend Who Self Injures