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Managing a Mental Health Condition in College

Student Guides to Mental Health:

We care about the mental health of all. Here are some resources for you if you are concerned that you or someone you care about is experiencing mental illness. We have listed national resources as well as local resources.

The Power of Healing Podcast

Catholic authors and speakers Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S. O. L. T., and Fr. John Burns talk about the basic need everyone has to seek healing. Whether it’s from wounds, slights, or deep and long-lasting trauma, the need for healing is directly tied to living a mentally healthy life. Our conversation explores ways to rest in the healing power of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and love.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is available 24/7
     TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Mental Health Treatment Locator
Find a facility in your state at For additional resources, visit

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
  • Talking about great guilt or shame
  • Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
  • Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Using alcohol or drugs more often
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Withdrawing from family and friends 
  • Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
  • Talking or thinking about death often
  • Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Putting affairs in order, making a will

If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. One resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889

Catholics Must do More to Accompany People with Mental Illness (U.S. Catholic, March 2019)

12 Ways Parishes can Support People with Mental Illness (U.S. Catholic, March 2019)

The Importance of Self-Care of Those Caring for Someone in Crisis

For Suicide Loss Survivors

Can the Catholic Church Help an Addicted Generation? (Catholic News Agency, June 2017)

Hope for Mental Health YouTube channel

Mental Health: A Guide for Parish Leaders

Helping Teens Lean into Stress (Ave Maria Press Webinar with Roy Petitfils)

Children and Mental Health (Is this just a stage?)

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: What Parents, Rescue Workers and the Community Can Do

Little Book of Questions that Gets Teens Talking

Restart Catholic Family Center/ Addiction Recovery Services
     (585) 546- 7220 x 5053