Be your best self. Counseling Services can help you increase self-confidence, improve relationships, solve problems, and make good decisions for your well-being. We offer short-term support related to stress reduction, motivation, and wellness techniques to help students achieve their educational goals. Our brief support model focuses on referrals for additional support, as needed.
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Now more than ever, taking care of your mental and emotional well-being is critical. If you or someone you care about is struggling, you're not alone. Sometimes it starts with feeling overwhelmed, easily distracted or irritable, or just feeling that something is "off" from your typical self. A great starting point is a free, confidential mental health screening. All Harper students have free access to mental health support through WellTrack, in addition to support services provided by our Student Development Counseling Faculty.
No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call the Lifeline. Talking with someone can save your life. (800) 273.8255
Know the Warning Signs and how to reach out for help if you or someone you care about is struggling. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors should always be taken seriously. There is hope and you are not alone.
Your Emotional Well-Being During COVID is just as important as your physical well-being. Coping with the pandemic is an ongoing practice; there are many options for coping - start exploring with this resource and reach out to Counseling Services for additional support!
Coping During Community Unrest Witnessing violence and social unrest in our communities takes a toll on our sense of safety, justice and overall feeling of connectedness. Resources and support are available as we continue to strive toward true justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. #blacklivesmatter Harper College Black Student Union
Feeling like you're overwhelmed with stress? Looking for tips to help with relationships? Our Counselors have created resources that are available anytime, right here and just for you!
Mindful Moments with Michele and Jen!
Written by Counseling Faculty, Michele DeCanio (pictured above, left) and Jennifer Rojek Schullo (pictured above, right)
Mindfulness Moments with Michele and Jen
Welcome back to our last installment of Mindfulness Moments for the semester! We hope that you have been able to take start building your Mindfulness Practice Toolkit. As the semester wraps up, we wanted to talk about how you can incorporate mindfulness in to your daily life. Remember, as you practice, you will learn how to live a more mindful life that will help you to become more aware of everything you are doing. Becoming intentional about being more mindful during your everyday life can allow you to live with greater ease and increased happiness. Each of the following exercises can be done rather quickly and do not take up a lot of time.
While washing your hands. It is important to wash your hands frequently, especially during the pandemic. Research has shown that you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. This is the perfect time to practice mindfulness. As you are washing, pay attention to the present experience: reaching for the soap, spreading it on your hands; the motion, the feel of the soap, the temperature, the texture. Stay with the experience and not your thoughts. Take a deep breath, and allow the physical sensations to remind you to be present for the next interaction.
When you are doing a focused task for an extended period. Working from home or e-learning can have you sitting at a desk, reading, or working on the computer for much longer than you might normally would. As you are sitting there, look up or around periodically and expand your peripheral vision. Take a few deep, calming breaths and notice any feelings of relaxation in your body.
Periodically throughout your day. Take a break from what you are doing, close your eyes, open your ears, and listen to the sounds. Allow the sounds to come and go without engaging in the story of what the sounds are. Just listen and enjoy the pleasant experience of being lost in the sounds.
Before, during, or after a difficult situation. Many times we let our emotions get the best of us. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, it is important to step back and pause. Ground yourself by firmly planting your feet, take a few deep breaths, and then repeat a calming phrase as you breath in and out.
At least once or twice throughout your day. Look at something simple that you find beautiful. It could be nature, another person, a painting, etc. Intentionally take a few moments to enjoy the beauty. Stay with the beauty and not your thoughts. Savor that enjoyment for at least a few moments.
Alongside a daily habit. To incorporate a new habit into your routine, it’s helpful to anchor it to an existing daily habit (e.g., brushing your teeth, making coffee). Combining a 30-second mindfulness action with a habit anchor can make the new routine more likely to stick.
“Repeat those behaviors that are healthy for your brain and break those behaviors and habits that are not. Practice… and build the brain you want.” —Lara Boyd, PT, PhD
Mindfulness/Meditation APPS: CALM, Headspace, Insight Timer
An Introduction to Mindfulness – This self-service workshop, created by our Counseling Faculty, can help you learn more about mindfulness!
ULifeline – Our #1 college student resource – wonderful resources across all categories of wellness and mental health!
LOVE IS LOUDER – Resources courtesy of the JED Foundation - check out the mindfulness and meditation suggestions today!
WellTrack - Our free mental health support app!
- ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential resource where you can be comfortable searching for the information regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
- Start Your Recovery -- Substance Abuse and Recovery Resources
- What Is Bullying & Tips for Breaking Free
- Cook County Dept. of Public Health -- Behavioral Health Information and Resources
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) -- Northwest Suburban
- Illinois Warm Line (FREE, talk line) -- 866.359.7953. Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm
- Veterans Crisis Line — Call 800.273.8255 and press 1.
Student Development Counseling Faculty do not provide mental health counseling or clinical counseling services. For students seeking mental health services, we are able to provide informed referrals for community-based services and will support students in connecting with services.
Student Development Counseling Faculty guide students in the areas of academics and career choice, while providing support for students as they navigate their academic goals at Harper. Each of our Counselors has a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling, or a related field. All services are provided with consideration of the ethical guidelines from the American Counseling Association.