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Mental Health

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Talk about it. Support each other without judgement. Seek help

As stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2018), mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health will affect how one thinks, feels, acts and how stress is handled in addition to one's ability to relate to others and make healthy choices. RISE takes a holistic approach to wellness and thus believes in the importance of prioritizing the mental health of all Red Raiders.

If you are concerned for a friend, or yourself, fill out a Student of Concern form and someone from the Office of the Dean of Students will contact you.

Common signs of mental health concerns are:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable "highs" or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing "aches and pains")
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • Changes in school performance
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Thinking about suicide

Myth v. Fact

Here are common myths debunked by U.S Department for Health & Human Services...

Myth: Mental health problems don't affect me.
Fact: Mental health problems are very common and affect everyone

  • One if five Americans experienced a mental health issue
  • One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
  • One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental health illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression

Myth: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.
Fact: The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. In fact, people with severe mental health illness are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.

Myth: Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health concerns. People with mental health concerns can snap out of it if they try hard enough.
Fact: Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely!

Myth: Therapy and self-help are a waste of time. Why bother when you can just take a pill?
Fact: Treatment for mental health varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both. Many individuals work with a support system during the healing and recovery process.

Myth: Prevention doesn't work. It is impossible to prevent mental illness.
Fact: Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders focuses on addressing known risk factors and promoting social-emotional well-being.

Mental Health Resource Sheet

Feeling distressed lately?  Check out our Coping with Stress page!  

For a comprehensive list of on campus, community, and digital resources for TTU students, click here. An abbreviated list of common resources is below.

On-Campus Resources
Student Counseling Center
SWC 201│806.742.3676
Individual and group counseling. Call to arrange for a same-day telephone crisis appointment.

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
Online Self-Help
Online Self-Help in Coordination with a TTU Counselor

TTU Crisis HelpLine
806.742.5555 | 24/7/365
24-hour service to assist students experiencing a mental health or interpersonal violence crisis. It is staffed by licensed counselors at all times.

Student Health Services
Student Wellness Center | 806.743.2848
The Primary Care Providers at Student Health Services treat mild to moderate mental health conditions using an integrated mental health approach. Call to request a mental health screening/intake appointment or an alcohol/substance use assessment. Additional resources from Student Health Services can be found here.

Office of the Dean of Students
SUB Suite 201│806.742.2984
Case management, risk assessment, referrals, and early intervention for Students of Concern. If you are concerned about a student, or would like someone from the Office of the Dean of Students to reach out to you, file a Student of Concern Report.

Risk Intervention and Safety Education
Drane Hall 247│806.742.2110
Raider Restart: Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Intervention (BASICS)
Raider Recharge: Wellness Coaching
Campus Inclusion Resource Team

Family Therapy Clinic
Human Sciences 164│806.742.3074

Psychology Clinic
Psychology 111A│806.742.3737

The Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities
Offers a community of support for students in recovery from addictive disorders and eating disorders.

Military & Veterans Programs
Drane Hall 147|806.742.6877
MVP assists veterans and their families in achieving academic, personal, and professional success.

Self Help Resources
Be a Hero: Suicide Prevention Tips
Mental Health Resource Document
Mental Health tips from the Student Counseling Center
Mental Health tips from Student Health
Crisis Support Resource Document
Self-Help Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
Self-Help Library from Student Counseling Center
Online Education Modules for Texas Tech Students through Get Inclusive

Lubbock Community Resources
StarCare of Lubbock
806.740.1421 | 1950 Aspen Ave.
Crisis Line - 806.740.1414│800.687.7581
Psychiatric evaluation, medication management, rehabilitation, substance use services, hospital, 23-hour Extended Observation Unit, outpatient clinic, mental health first aid, youth empowerment, and more. Call to inquire about services.

Voice of Hope
Free individual counseling and group therapy for victims of sexual assault in Lubbock.

Women's Protective Services
Non-profit organization specializing in advocacy for women, men, and children who have experienced domestic violence in Lubbock and the surrounding areas.

TTU Crisis HelpLine
806.742.5555 (24/7/365)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1.800.273.TALK (8255)
1-888-628-9454 (en español)

Crisis Text Line
Text "hello" to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line
1.800.273.8255 (Press 1)

StarCare Crisis Line

Trevor Project
For LGBTQ community and youth

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline's Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.

The Jed Foundation
Text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Texas COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
24/7 statewide hotline to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans.