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Mental health is an important aspect of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, at John Carroll. To care for our mental health means building a foundation of self-care, community support, and skillful means. Stressors and life transitions are part of the college experience, and talking about concerns as they arise helps you learn from these challenges. If problems don’t resolve or you are struggling with mental health concerns, don’t hesitate to get expert care. Finally, if you or a friend is in crisis, seek the immediate care needed.


Build a Foundation for Wellness: 

You can build a strong foundation for mental health, from setting up good habits and limiting your commitments to developing academic, career, and relationship skills.

  • Learn more about self-awareness and self-care with YOU@JCU
  • Take care of your basic needs – sleep 7-8 hours/night, get enough nourishing food and water each day, and stay physically active with the RecPlex
  • Treat medical concerns promptly, and take medications as prescribed
  • Be intentional about time commitments; work with a Peer Success Advisor to design your weekly schedule
  • Think about current drinking guidelines and the impact of alcohol or drugs for you 
  • Engage in reflection, mindfulness or prayer to help align your choices with your values

Ask for Support to Tackle Challenges:

We all experience set-backs and challenges. With the right support, these can help us grow and learn. Rather than “tough it out,” ask for support. Make use of campus resources to tackle specific challenges with expert help. 

  • Talk to a friend, family member, or mentor (consider using My Fave 5)
  • Engage with a peer mentoring program 
  • Seek guidance from a spiritual director, Campus Minister, or Resident Minister
  • Reach out to your academic advisor, coach, or a trusted faculty member
  • Meet with a peer or staff person for individual Wellness Coaching at the Wellness Center 

Reach out for Mental Health Treatment or Crisis Response:

Reach out to the Counseling Center if:

  • You are not able to resolve concerns on your own or with the help of friends or campus resources
  • You have been struggling for more than a week with mental health concerns 
  • You are unsure if you need therapy
  • You are unsafe or unsure how to get through the day (seek immediate help)

Counseling Center: connect with a mental health professional for short-term therapy, psychiatry, referrals for long-term or specialized care

  • Counseling Center Same-Day Emergency Sessions (call 216-397-4283 or walk in)
  • After Hours:
    • Call 988 (Suicide and Crisis Lifeline)
    • Text 4HOPE to 741741 (Ohio Crisis Text Line)
    • Text STEVE to 741741 (Crisis Text Line for young people of color)
    • Call 1-866-488-7386 (Crisis Line for LGBTQ+)
    • Call 988, then press 1 (Veterans’ Crisis Line)
  • Call Campus Police (216-397-1234)
  • Seek care at a hospital