about Yourself or a Friend?
If you are concerned that you or a friend could harm themselves or someone else, this is a Mental Health
Emergency. You cannot and should not try to manage this situation by yourself.
Click here for phone
numbers to help you.
College students experience stress as they face the challenges of
adulthood. There is so much to deal with: classes, teachers, friends,
family, roommates, work, and finances. Academic, personal, and social
pressures contribute to making college years difficult. Family and friends
may not be available to help. We understand that students have difficulties
with illness, anxiety, and depression resulting from the changes associated
with college life. Health Services can identify resources available to help
students manage their health.
If you have a friend in need of assistance, please let them know about
resources available through Health Services. There is no charge for visits
to Health Services.
Mental health and depression information
is available in the Health Services office.
You can make an appointment to speak to one of our nurses who will be able to refer you to
a mental health resource.
signs of depression include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty"
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt,
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies
and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Worsening grades, trouble getting to class
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering,
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating
and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not
respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and
Counseling Center has walk-in hours daily or you may make an appointment
with one of their counselors; just call 292-2030. You may also ask a question
via their online Ask A Counselor
Support and counseling are also available
from Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center, located
at 121 N. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, N.Y., ( 585) 325-1180. Services there
Depression screening is available on-line
common problem among college students is alcohol abuse. Binge drinking
or drinking alcohol until you are drunk has serious health risks including
alcohol poisoning and death. Alcohol impairs your ability to make decisions
creating risk for violence, rape, unplanned sex, and injury or death
from motor vehicle accidents. If you have concerns about your alcohol
use, please come to Health Services to make an appointment to speak with a nurse and receive
educational and referral information. The Counseling
Center is another resource and has walk-in hours daily.
The following websites have information
about alcohol abuse, an alcohol screening test, alternatives to drinking,
and information how alcohol abuse can lead to behavior that can put
your health in jeopardy.
is a big concern for college students. The key to managing stress is
learning positive coping skills and adding stress busting activities
to your routine. High levels of stress weaken your immune system and
increase the likelihood that you will become ill. Stress can also contribute
to stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Please take advantage of the Counseling
Anxiety Workshops available throughout the semester.
- Think positively
- Be assertive
- Get organized
- Join a club or school activity
- Talk with a friend or advisor
- Breathe deeply
- Have a sense of humor
- Divert attention to a fun activity
- Eat healthy
- Drink water
- Take a “power walk”/nature
- Spend time with a pet
- Take a bubble bath
- Listen to music
- Read a book
Sleep problems are common for college
students as they adjust to living away from home and increased stressors
related to college life. Sleep problems include not sleeping, sleeping
too much, sleeping to little, and disordered sleep patterns. Sleeping
pills and alcohol can negatively change your sleep patterns. They should
not be used without the recommendation of a health care provider.
for Better Sleep
- Stick to a schedule, and don’t sleep
late on weekends.
- Don’t eat or drink a lot before bed
time: eat a light dinner about two hours before sleep.
- Avoid spicy or fatty foods.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine before
- Exercise in the afternoon to enhance quality
of nocturnal sleep.
- Keep your room slightly cool — this
mimics your internal temperature drop during sleep.
- Sleep with warmer pajamas and socks if
you tend to get cold at night.
- Use a dehumidifier if you are sensitive
to moist air.
- Use a humidifier if you are sensitive to
dry air. (symptoms: sore throat, nose bleeds, or dry throat)
- Sleep primarily at night — limit
daytime naps/sleep to less than one hour, and no later than 3:00 p.m.
- Keep it quiet — turn off radio and
- Use a fan for some constant background
noise which can be soothing.
- Make your bed.
- Use the bed only for sleep — avoid
watching TV or studying on your bed
- Only go to bed when you feel tired —
if you can’t fall asleep within 30 minutes, get up and do something
else until you feel tired.
- Take a hot shower/bath before bed.
- Don’t rely on sleeping pills.
Information regarding sleep disorders is
available at www.sleepfoundation.org.
Sick All The Time
stress can have a negative impact on your immune system leaving you
susceptible to illnesses and make an underlying medical condition worse.
Call your health care provider when you need medical help for long lasting
or severe or recurring illnesses.
Tips to take charge of your health:
- Become your own health expert.
- Be well informed.
- Be in tune to your body needs.
- Read all information provided on any medications
you are taking, prescription and “over the counter”.
- Be aware of drug interactions with food
and alcohol and other drugs.
- Establish a good relationship with your
health care provider.
- Be a good “historian” and be
ready to list your symptoms.
- Be prepared with written questions when
you see your Doctor.
- If you do not understand the answers request
your doctor repeat them until you are satisfied and understand all
aspects of your medical condition.
you are concerned about yourself or a friend who is preoccupied with
weight, body image, food, or has a distorted body image, then they may
have an eating disorder. The three most common eating disorders are
anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders are most
common in women, but can affect men as well and are especially common
If you are concerned, the nurses in Health
Services can help with a referral to local resources including:
Highland Center for Women
1000 South Avenue
Rochester N.Y. 14620
Eating Disorder Program
There are several on-line sites available.
Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infections
transmitted infections can spread at epidemic rates in the college population.
If you are concerned that you or a friend may have a STI and are unsure
of where or how to get treatment, please come to Health Services and make an appointment to speak to one of our nurses. Please consult your own doctor or seek help
at one of the many clinics available locally. There is more detailed
information on STIs available in our Men's
Health and Women's Health sections
of this website.
For free, confidential treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) go
300 White Spruce Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14623
PH (585) 232-2350
New York State STD Clinics by County
Monroe County STD Clinic
855 West Main St.
Rochester N.Y. 14611
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All Appointments 1-800-600-6886
To learn more about STI’s and
HIV try these sites: