Resources for mental distress
Through school, my professional experiences, the literature reviews conducted for this research project, and all the time spent scrolling through social media I have come across many resources that may be helpful for you or anyone going through mental distress. To read my full blog post: Association Between Loneliness and Suicide Ideation Among College Aged Adults During the COVID-19 Lockdown.
Help Identifying the warning signs of someone considering suicide:
IS THE PATH WARM? is a tool typically used by counselors to assess if a person if having thoughts of suicide or indicators to look for. I learned this mnemonic from the suicide training being taught at my job and thought this could be useful for others! Check out the links for in depth descriptions for each section. Sources from Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Assessing Suicide Risk and American Counseling Association: Suicide Assessment Mnemonic.
Peer Reviewed Literature Used
Suicide Ideation Among College Students: A Multivariate Analysis
Testing a Model of Suicide Ideation in College Students
Prevalence and predictors of suicide ideation, plans, and attempts during college
Peer Reviewed Literature Used
Longitudinal Relationships Between Positive Affect, Loneliness, and Suicide Ideation: Age- Specific Factors in a General Population
FOR MANAGING MENTAL DISTRESS
Apps and Writing Activities
The Calm App
This is a great app for practicing mindfulness and anxiety reducing activities. This app is available for free for people who have Kaiser and there are other ways in receiving their services.
MindDoc: Your Companion
This app claims to be developed by psychologists and focuses on daily questions and exercises to help building a better relationship with your mental state. There are other similar apps that could be a better fit for you.
Journaling and drawing is also a source of relaxation to some people. For me, it can at least help get some thoughts on paper and ease some anxiousness. I typically use a physical journal but here are some apps that I found that I think are worth looking into. If downloading another app is something you do not want to do or sounds like a lot of commitment for you right now, I have also tried emailing myself and using the notes app to write. A friend of mine uses voice message recording, there are many different ways to go about doing the same thing.
Reflecty: Journal and AI Diary
Podcasts and audiobooks are helpful in learning more about yourself and how to manage different types of stress. My friend listens to Therapy in a Nutshell and Dr. Tracey Marks on Youtube to help anxiety and its counterparts, manage stressful relationships, and rewire weighing or harmful thoughts. A podcast on Spotify was also recommended called Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast.
The Body Keeps the Score
A book focusing on how the mind handles trauma and how it can leave imprints and memory on the body. One of my favorite books that has come recommended by a lot of people.
Marcus Books is a Black Owned Bookstore In Oakland! Shop for this book locally if possible :)
Lofi music helps me remain calm and focused when I need it. Here is a popular one that you might enjoy! Can also be linked here:
Lofi Hip Hop Music - Beats to Relax/Study to
Thea is a senior at San José State University working towards receiving their Bachelors in Public Health. Her interests have been guided towards serving her local college community in mental health and vaccine hesitancy.
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EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
As we look to the media to inform our actions it can be helpful to have some tips. We have included links to articles we have found and also some tips on how to find good, reliable information online.