Wellness resources for tough times

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We all hit tough spots and rough patches, like breakups, adjustments to new chapters in our lives, loss, stress, and sadness.

There are things you can do on your own to keep the train on the tracks. We've compiled tips for dealing with everyday challenges like anxiety, depression, and sleep.

You can visit Student Wellness for other on-campus resources like WellPac Peer Support.

Free & anonymous self-screening tools

Ulifeline self-assessment

This tool helps to see if counseling is a good option. Answer questions about depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or substance use.

Take Ulifeline assessment

Penn State self-screener

This anonymous self-screening tool gives you clear feedback about the areas in your life that might raise some concerns.

Take Penn State self screen


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Change is hard. And missing our friends and family while braving a brand-new place all alone presents its own hardships.


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Racing thoughts. Gripping fear of failure, or of making a fool of oneself. More people are afraid of public speaking than of dying.

Coping with uncertainty

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We are bombarded with unpleasant information—on our phones and other screens, in the buzz of our communities and classrooms.


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We all feel sad. Sometimes it passes after a few days. Lingering sadness, a lack of energy, the inability to enjoy the things we once loved doing.

Grief & loss

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As social animals, we are hardwired for connection with others. Losing someone we love creates a range of responses and emotions.

Self-care tips

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Check out these quick and easy things you can do throughout the day to help yourself function at your best. You are worth it!

Sleep issues

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Tossing and turning. A busy mind. Maybe no amount of sleep is enough. For such an essential function, sleep can be elusive.


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Exams. Social pressure. Events back home. Money worries. Even if our stressors are different, we have the same tools as our ancestors.

Substance use

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Is this helping me or hurting me? Find tips and resources to stay safe in your recreation and to help you recognize the ways use and misuse look.