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Self-Help & Self-Care

For specific assistance with the current coronavirus crisis, see Counseling Services' Coping with Covid page.

Online Screening Program

Have you ever wondered if your mood swings might be a sign of depression? Do you have issues with food that might be related to an eating disorder? Have you thought that a friend might have a drinking problem? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may benefit from participating in our online screening program. These anonymous mental health assessments cover the areas of Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Alcohol, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and they are available to all Geneseo students at no additional charge. Each screening takes only a few minutes to complete, and you will receive immediate feedback about your results.

Take one of the free, anonymous, online mental health screening questionnaires now.

In addition to the above, you can also receive a more in-depth Personalized Feedback Profile regarding your alcohol use or marijuana use by taking the online BASICS screening for alcohol or marijuana; your results are completely confidential.

For more information on Anxiety & Stress, Depression & Suicide, Eating Disorders, Alcohol & Drugs, and other topics, visit our Common Mental Health Issues page.  This page also includes tips on Helping a Friend.

If you have been referred for Choices or BASICS: 
If you have been referred for a mandated appointment by Judicial Affairs, the Dean of Students, or another College official for a BASICS appointment, call 585-245-5716 and ask to be scheduled with Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Program Coordinator, Sarah Covell, for BASICS.  For a BASICS appointment, you must also take the required BASICS screening questionnaire prior to your appointment.  If you have been referred for Choices, contact Sarah Covell directly via email at  

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Self-Care Strategies

Whether you've already scheduled an appointment with our office OR you just want to try some things on your own to take better care of yourself, you might find this PDF handout on Self-Care Strategies to be helpful.  The handout recommends taking care of several areas addressed under the Hot Topics! section of our web site, including eating well & exercising and getting adequate sleep.  Also check out Health Promotion's Healthy Geneseo page for a wealth of other ideas and on-campus programs.

Be proactive in learning skills to manage your health!  But you don't have to do it on your own--today, there are plenty of wellness-related apps to assist you in your self-help journey.  The free apps we have listed include a stress tracker, a stress stopper, a tool to learn diaphragmatic breathing, a qi gong meditation, several sleep aids, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) skills to address negative thoughts, and more.

Student Health & Counseling offers a special series through the GOLD program called "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds."  The programs in this series focus on topics such as sleep, stress, healthy relationships, happiness, sexuality, and much more!  Find a full schedule on the GOLD web site (choose our series from the menu at left) or on our Current Programs page.

Journal Writing

Journal writing can be a valuable means of self-exploration. Unlike keeping a diary, writing in a journal may be sporadic; many people find it helpful to write only when they are upset. Your writing can take the form of lists or just a series of thoughts jotted down at random--or, give a simple "one sentence" journal a try! Another useful journal technique is to write "never to be sent" letters to those who have made you feel angry or otherwise upset.

If you are interested in journal writing, the following web sites may also be helpful:

Additional Resources

Helping a Friend/Kognito

Are you looking for suggestions on how to help someone else rather than yourself?  If so, visit the "Helping a Friend" section of our Common Mental Health Issues page for basic helping strategies as well as links to other resources.

You can also help a friend (or yourself) by using Kognito, a free interactive online program available to Geneseo students.  Kognito allows you to practice conversations in a virtual setting to improve your helping skills.  The Kognito page will direct you towards creating an account for free.

Seeking Treatment

If you want information about pursuing therapy on campus, please review Our Services.  We also offer a page of Off-Campus Referral Resources.