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Helpful Counseling Links for College Students

For more topical links, visit the Counseling Services Coping with Covid page.
All links verified as of 9/24/2020.


General College Issues

College Adjustment

College Adjustment Guides: Having trouble adjusting to college? Here are some self-help books which we recommend to make the transition a little easier.

10 Tips for When You're Feeling Homesick: Many students experience at least some feelings of homesickness; here are some strategies which can help.

Academic Issues

Office of Accessibility Services: This office on campus provides services to students with physical as well as emotional and psychological disabilities (e.g., AD/HD, depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, etc.).  Follow this link for helpful resources.

Study Resources Directory: This comprehensive page offers help for virtually all aspects of academics, from designing a study schedule to taking notes more effectively to improving both your study habits and your test-taking skills.

7 Best Study Tips for College Students: A great article providing an overview of helpful study strat

How to Talk to Professors: This article from Lifehack contains specific tips for how to approach your professors.

Other

Pathways: Pathways is a confidential, peer-to-peer based program featuring trained Geneseo student Peer Advocates providing anonymous assistance to other students.  Peer Advocates are available by phone at 585-237-8860, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily during the fall and spring semesters (while classes are in session); via email at geneseopeeradvocacy@gmail.comor through online chat evenings  8 p.m. to midnight when on call (message user name 'geneseopathways' on AIM or "geneseopeeradvocacy on GTalk).

Legal Consultation: Need to consult about a legal issue?  The Geneseo Student Association provides initial legal consultation based in Geneseo and Mt. Morris at no cost to students. Any legal matters are appropriate for discussion.  Call 585-245-5878 to schedule an appointment.

Teen Contact: The website for Teen Contact offers a nationwide teen-specific hotline plus information on common issues faced by teens such as college stress, peer pressure, helping friends, and eating disorders. Also includes tips for parents.

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Provides answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol use, offers free publications, contains links to related resources, etc. 

Council on Substance Abuse: This is an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.  It features ways to Get Help, including a section on Opioid Assistance.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Home page for this national self-help group; AA is based on a 12-step program towards recovery. Includes Q&A, personal stories, information for teens, help for family members and more. Also available in Spanish and French.

Rethinking Drinking: A site from the National Institutes of Health; offers a quiz which compares your drinking levels to those of other US adults.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA): This site provides information for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The aim is to discover how childhood affected you in the past and influences you in the present; there is a focus on positive action.

Al-Anon and Alateen: These self-help groups are also based on the 12-step program but are designed for family and friends of alcoholics, including a specialized group for teens.

Addiction Tribe: This free online recovery support community offers information, therapist blogs, a forum, and more.

Addiction Center: Provides specific information on college drug addictions (including binge drinking, Adderall, marijuana, and more), reviews of treatment centers, and other helpful information, such as supporting a loved one with addiction.

For information on local Geneseo-area AA, ACOA, Al-Anon/Alateen, and other 12-step meetings, contact the Livingston County Council for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse at 585-991-5012.  Also visit the page for our AOD Program Coordinator for additional resources.

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General Mental Health

Active Minds: Active Minds on Campus is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization designed for the college campus. The group’s mission is to utilize peer outreach to increase awareness, provide information, encourage help-seeking, and serve as a liaison. 

Ulifeline.org: This is an all-purpose resource for college mental health; includes information on suicide prevention, helping a friend, and more.  Also offers specific information for veteran students.

Half of Us: About half of college students report being stressed to the point of not being able to function in the past year.  This joint effort between MTV and the Jed Foundation offers resources on dealing with everything from a break-up to self-injury to abuse; also provides information on helping a friend and getting help immediately.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): This mental health awareness organization offers information on Managing a Mental Health Condition in College as well as various other resources.

National Institute of Mental Health: This government resource provides public education materials on depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues.

National Mental Health Information Center: A site that provides information about mental health and more than 200 publications. Also offers a toll-free telephone number, 1-800-789-2647.

The Counseling Center Village: This is an online directory of college and university home pages on the internet; it's great for locating counseling resources for a friend at another college.  The site also includes the Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection, a list of pamphlets developed specifically for college students on a wide variety of mental health topics such as anger, anxiety, assertiveness, depression, disabilities, family and childhood issues, grief, medication, relationships, sexual orientation, study skills, and more.

Medications: Are you wondering if an antidepressant medication would be helpful to you? Has you doctor prescribed a medication for anxiety which you'd like to hear more about? Check out this page for information on dosages, side effects, and more.

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Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Suicide

Depression and Bipolar Disorder

All About Depression: This site was created by a clinical psychologist, and it contains good information on causes, diagnosis, and treatment (including helping a friend or relative); also features a "special topics" section.

VeryWellMind: Contains information on a variety of issues related to depression: ie, including grief, drug/alcohol use, female/male issues: and address various types of depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Bipolar Disorder (aka Manic Depression). Plus, it is also a news site which deals with current issues related to coping with depression.

Dr. David Burns' Feeling Good Site: Dr. Burns is a nationally renowned psychiatrist, and he has created a web site based on his popular self-help book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology: This site, by renowned psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman, focuses on the use of optimism and positive thinking to combat depression and other negative states. Includes questionnaires on various topics such as Satisfaction with Life, Gratitude, and Optimism.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: DBSA is the largest patient-directed, illness-specific organization. Their web site contains information on mood disorders, a confidential screening for bipolar disorder, and available resources, including support groups. 

Depression Tribe: This free online depression support community offers information, therapist blogs, a forum, and more.

Suicide

You Matter: This college student focused web site includes ways to connect via phone, chat, and through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr.  It also offers concerned friends tips on how to intervene, including how to report suicidal messages that are posted on social media sites.

Ulifeline: This is a comprehensive behavioral support web site which was designed specifically for young adults and which focuses on suicide prevention. Includes additional resources such as self-assessments and information on how to help a friend.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: This network sponsors various suicide prevention activities as well as a national hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Take 5 to Save Lives: Guidelines for taking just 5 minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide, to help a friend, or to get involved in suicide prevention efforts.

Suicide: Read This First: This site provides comprehensive tips and strategies for someone who is actively suicidal; the focus is on decreasing pain and/or increasing coping resources.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE): This informative site includes a question and answer section, a list of warning sides of suicide, book lists, and guidelines for coping with a suicide.

Suicidal.com:  This is a self-help resource site.

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Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder: Information and self-help tips.

International OCD Foundation: This site provides educational and treatment information about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, an anxiety disorder which is being diagnosed in young adults with increasing frequency.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on Helpguide.org: In addition to offering educational information about OCD, this site provides an review of specific strategies to manage OCD thoughts and behaviors.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD: This site offers information about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, including facts, research, and treatment. Also includes a FAQ section.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: This site contains a nice review of panic symptoms plus special features on tips for coping with a panic attack as well as a list of the web's best anxiety links.

Anxiety Tribe: This free online anxiety support community offers information, therapist blogs, a forum, and more.

OCD Tribe: This free online obsessive-compulisive disorder support community offers information, therapist blogs, a forum, and more.

Stress

Hot Topics!: Get the basics on stress from our Health Promotion pages.

Stress Management for College Students: This is a list of links to stress resources on other college web sites; includes an amusing, tongue-in-cheek handout on How to Stay Stressed.

Audio Relaxation Exercises: Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer two relaxation exercises (of course you can find many more on YouTube).

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Grief and Loss

Ambiguous Loss: Reviews losses that are less frequently discussed such as breakups, leaving home, job loss, etc.

GriefNet.org: GriefNet is an internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. Their two sites, which include 37 e-mail support groups, take an integrated approach to online grief support as a means to help people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.

Connect & Breathe: This is a post-abortion nonjudgmental talk line resource; the toll-free listening line is available Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6-9 p.m.), and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by calling 800-647-1764.

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Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Rape

Sexual Assault - Focus on Education (S.A.F.E.): This section of our web site offers information, education, referrals, and resources for all types of sexual violence on the SUNY Geneseo campus.

What To Do If You're Sexually Assaulted: This is an excellent resource page from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

RAINN: The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network operates America's only national hotline for victims of sexual assault (1.800.656.HOPE) which is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The RAINN web site include an anonymous Online Hotline as well; this works like an instant messaging system to provide crisis intervention and other services.

Sexual Assault Care Centre: This comprehensive Canadian page offers help with many of the difficult questions which arise from a sexual assault, including "why me?", "what if I'm pregnant?", "what now?", and how to help a friend. Also contains sections on sexual assault of men and frequently asked questions.

The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education: This University of Minnesota page is designed for victims/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Their prevention and education page includes tips on risk reduction as well as provides sexual violence prevention education and risk reduction tips.

1in6: This site is designed for men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.  It includes information for men on healing, finding help, and dispelling myths.  There is also a section designed for family and friends as well as book recommendations.

Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR): This organization was founded to empower male youth with the goal of teaching men to be strong without being violent. It includes both men and women working together to support young men in challenging today's "rape culture."

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Physical/Emotional Abuse

Symptoms of Emotional Abuse: This site reviews symptoms of emotional abuse. Also contains a valuable resource page which includes many useful links.

23 Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship: Two doctors, a MD and a Ph.D., answer questions and answers about various topics, including how to recognize potential "red flags" that a partner may be abusive.  Also offers information on abusive friendships and similar issues.

Willow Domestic Violence Center: This web site offers a 24-hour hotline (585-232-7353), a section on safety planning, plus various resources for healing, including workshops and groups.

Chances & Changes: Offers a 24-hour hotline (1-888-252-9360) and provides links, further educational information on domestic violence, events, and service opportunities. 

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Eating Disorders/Body Image

Hot Topics!: Get the basics on Eating Well & Exercising in College from our Health Promotion pages.

National Eating Disorders Association : The site provides general information about eating disorders as well as specific tips for helping a friend. The "Listen to Your Body" section includes advice specific to girls & women, boys & men, parents, friends, students, and others; a wealth of additional information can be found under the "Eating Disorders Info" section.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: On this site, you'll find suggestions on how to confront someone with an eating disorder, guidelines for accessing insurance for treatment, and lists of eating disorder hotline numbers.

Dying to be Thin: This NOVA presentation, which originally aired in December 2000, is now available to be viewed online. Eight chapters take you through issues such as cultural pressures, the ballet world, and the road to recovery. Similar videos review cultural pressures to be thin, treatment of eating disorders, and the recovery process.

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Other Mental Health Issues

Anger

Controlling Anger Before It Controls You: This is a public information page put out by the American Psychological Association; it includes strategies for coping with your anger and guidelines for making a decision about treatment.

Gambling/Online Addiction

Internet Addiction Guide: This page from Psych Central offers information on Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).

Self-Injurious Behavior (AKA Cutting)

S.A.F.E. Alternatives: As part of S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends), this site shows that there is a different path available. Also has a toll-free number, 1-800-DONT-CUT (366-8288).

Secret Shame: Another excellent resource for information on self-injury, this site helps self-injurers understand that they are not alone. It includes quotes from self-injurers, information on why people self-injure, and guidelines for family and friends of self-injurers.

Sleep

Hot Topics!: Get the basics on College Students & Sleep from our Health Promotion pages.

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep: University Counseling Services at Kansas State University has put together an excellent page with tips for getting a good night's sleep, including a fun, interactive "counting sheep" graphic.

Lucid Dreaming FAQ: Lucid dreaming means being aware that you are dreaming. It can have many benefits, including improving creativity and problem-solving skills. This site will answer all of your basic questions.

Miscellaneous

Shades of Grey: This is a site designed to enable those diagnosed with and effected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to embrace this mental illness and to thrive in shades of grey.  The site encourages building awareness, reducing stigma, prioritizing education and treatment, and developing a community to advocate reform.

TLC: The Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc. is a national, nonprofit organization devoted to advancing understanding of trichotillomania (TTM) or compulsive hair-pulling. It is estimated that between 6 and 8 million people in the US have this disorder.

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Health Concerns

Information on physical-health related links can be found on the Health Services Helpful Health Links page; additional links on other college student Hot Topics! can be found in the Health Promotion section of our web site.

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LGBTQ+

Geneseo LGBTQ+ Pages: Includes information on programs, pronouns, gender identity, sexual orientation, coming out, the annual Lavender Graduation, Safe Zone (see also below), and more.

Safe Zone: The Geneseo Safe Zone trains those who identify as allies to treat everyone with the dignity and respect they are entitled to as human beings, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, level of ability, national background or religion.  The page includes information on becoming a Safe Zone Trainer.

Pride Alliance: The Pride Alliance is an SA funded organization at SUNY Geneseo, and their main purpose is the promotion of education and community both within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community as well as the straight. The group holds weekly meetings as well as various other events on campus.

The OUT Alliance: This is a non-profit agency in the Rochester area dedicated to being a champion for LGBTQ+ ;ife and culture.

Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays: PFLAG is an excellent site for supporters of lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals; it includes information on support, education, and advocacy.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere: Designed for both young and old children of a lesbian or gay parent/parents, COLAGE provides both information and volunteer opportunities.

Gender Talk: A web radio site providing extensive transgender resources, including specific guidelines for male-to-female transitions (includes a transition timetable) and female-to-male transitions. Also offers information on transgender health care issues.

LynnConway.com: Lynn Conway, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), created this web site to share positive profiles of transgender people.  Includes various helpful resources and translations into over 15 languages.

HIV/AIDS Tribe: This free HIV/AIDS support community offers information, therapist blogs, a forum, and more.

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AD/HD and Learning Disabilities

CHADD: This Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder home page offers a wealth of resources, including a section on Myths and Misunderstandings.

Taking Your ADD to College: This is a helpful essay for prospective college students; written by a psychiatrist in Maryland.

Adult ADD/ADHD Quiz: This is a simple test which explores ADD in adults. Although it cannot diagnosis the disorder, it is useful as a screening told in deciding whether to seek further treatment.

LdPride: Inspired by Deaf Pride, this site is an interactive community resource for adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. The site includes information about LD/ADD and a review of learning styles. A free text reader, "Help Read," is available for download; this program reads web pages and other text files out loud.

LD Online: An attractive, interactive guide to learning disabilities. The information is designed mostly with younger students in mind, but it does include a section on College and College Prep.

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Just For Fun!

Mental health can be fun, too! Below are some sites for pure entertainment: while we don't endorse the tests and questionnaires as true psychological measures, they're fun to try. :-)

Dr. Katz: Go here for a daily Dr. Katz strip and a daily laugh!

Mandala Coloring:  Color online with this site.

Draw a Stickman: This isn't specifically mental health related, but it's a great stress reliever!

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Please note that all of the above websites are educational in nature; they provide information on a variety of topics related to psychology and personal growth. The Counseling Services Links Page does not include links to any sites which provide on-line counseling or psychotherapy. Individuals who are interested in such services should consider the following cautions:

  • Confidentiality of online communications cannot be guaranteed;
  • Online counseling is unlikely to be effective in addressing issues which are not fairly simple or are relational in nature;
  • The training and credentials of on-line counselors/therapists may not meet standards set for New York State licensed practitioners;
  • In the case of emergencies, on-line counselors/therapists may not be able to adequately help maintain your safety;
  • The costs for online services vary;
  • Sites, and the services they provide, may shut down with little or no advance notice.

Finally, please note that most of the above links all connect to sites that are not under the control of the Student Health & Counseling Department. While we believe that these sites offer useful information, we are unable to guarantee the information that you receive by following these links. If you encounter a broken link, please contact our Dr. Beth Cholette, who manages the Counseling Services pages of the website.