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Mental Health

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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.

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.

Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition

Common signs of a mental health illness can include:

  • 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

Are you experiencing any of these or know a friend who is? Please reach out to any of the resources listed to the right. Also, please let the university know of a fellow-student in distress by filing out this form.  

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

On-Campus Resources

Student Counseling Center
SWC 201│806.742.3676
Individual and Group Counseling
Walk-In Clinic Hours: M-F 12:30-3:30pm

Family Therapy Clinic
Human Sciences 164│806.742.3074
$10 therapy session for TTU students

Psychology Clinic
Psychology 111A│806.742.3737

Student Health Services
SWC 1st Floor│806.743.2848

TTU Police Department
Emergency: 911│Non: 806.742.3931

Dean of Students Office
SUB Suite 201│806.742.2984 

Risk Intervention and Safety Education
Drane Hall 247│806.742.2110

Hotlines

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)

Lubbock Crisis Line
806.785.8393
Free and confidential
A Christian-based hotline

StarCare Crisis Line
806.740.1414│800.687.7581

Trevor Project
1.866.488.7386
For LGBTQ community and youth