Self-Help & Self-Care
Online Screening Program
Have you ever wondered if your mood swings might be a sign of depression? Do you have issues with food that might be related to an eating disorder? Have you thought that a friend might have a drinking problem? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may benefit from participating in our online screening program. These anonymous mental health assessments cover the areas of Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Alcohol, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and they are available to all Geneseo students at no additional charge. Each screening takes only a few minutes to complete, and you will receive immediate feedback about your results.
To take one of the online mental health screening questionnaires, go here.
In addition to the above, you can also receive a more in-depth Personalized Feedback Profile regarding your alcohol use or marijuana use by taking the online BASICS screening for alcohol or pot; your results are completely confidential.
For more information on Anxiety & Stress, Depression & Suicide, Eating Disorders, Alcohol & Drugs, and other topics, visit our Common Mental Health Issues page. This page also includes tips on Helping a Friend.
If you have been referred for Choices or BASICS: If you have been referred to Counseling Services/the AOD Coordinator by Judicial Affairs, the Dean of Students, or another College official, please be sure to have your referral letter when calling our office to schedule an appointment. When you call (585-245-5716), you must inform the receptionist that you are scheduling a mandated Choices or BASICS appointment with our Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Program Coordinator, Sarah Covell. For a BASICS appointment, you must also take the required BASICS screening questionnaire prior to your appointment. DO NOT use the screenings above; you will be sent an email with a personalized BASICS link to do this.
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Whether you've already scheduled an appointment with our office OR you just want to try some things on your own to take better care of yourself, you might find this PDF handout on Self-Care Strategies to be helpful. The handout recommends taking care of several areas addressed under the Hot Topics! section of our web site, including Eating Well & Exercising and getting adequate Sleep.
Be proactive in learning skills to manage your health! But you don't have to do it on your own--today, there are plenty of wellness-related apps to assist you in your self-help journey. The free apps we have listed include a stress tracker, a stress stopper, a tool to learn diaphragmatic breathing, a qi gong meditation, several sleep aids, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) skills to address negative thoughts, and more.
Finally, Health & Counseling offers a special series through the GOLD program called "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds." The programs in this series focus on topics such as sleep, stress, healthy relationships, happiness, sexuality, and much more! Find a full schedule on the GOLD web site (choose our series from the menu at left) or on our Current Programs page.
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Self-Help Lending Library
Counseling Services maintains an extensive Self-Help Lending Library. We have books on many different topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, meditation/mindfulness, eating disorders, grief, relationships, sleep, and study skills, just to name a few. We've also added a few CD selections, such as a step-by-step meditation guide. It is not necessary to be a Counseling Services client to borrow a book; you can stop by our office at any time to browse through our library, which is located just off our waiting room area--just be sure to sign out any selections with our secretary. You are welcome to keep books as long as you'd like, though we do ask that you return them as soon as you are finished so that other students may make use of them (and to avoid any charges to your student account). For more information about what books are available, check out our annotated bibliography.
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Journal writing can be a valuable means of self-exploration. Unlike keeping a diary, writing in a journal may be sporadic; many people find it helpful to write only when they are upset. In addition, your writing can take the form of lists or just a series of thoughts jotted down rather than a more narrative format. Another useful journal technique is to write "never to be sent" letters to those who have made you feel angry or otherwise upset. If you are interested in giving journal writing a try, the following web sites may be helpful:
Try an App!
Many excellent FREE health and wellness apps are available to download; we recommend a few here.
Helping a Friend
Are you looking for suggestions on how to help someone else rather than yourself? If so, visit the Helping a Friend section of our Common Mental Health issues page for basic helping strategies as well as links to other resources.
In addition to books and CDs, Counseling Services has many pamphlets, brochures, fliers, handouts, bookmarks, and other materials available for student use. Some of these materials are located in our waiting room and the adjacent the brochure rack, but if you don't find what you're looking for, just ask! You may also want to browse this online collection of virtual pamphlets.
If you want information about pursuing therapy on campus, please review Our Services. We also offer a page of Off-Campus Referral Resources.
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