Keep yourself in good working order

We all hit tough spots, rough patches. Breakups, difficult adjustments to new chapters in our lives, loss, stress, sadness. Sometimes we need to call on professional support. Other times, there are things we can do ourselves to keep the train on the tracks.

Maybe you’re wondering whether you need help for an issue. Maybe you’re looking for some DIY steps you can take to make life a little easier, a little more enjoyable. We’ve compiled some pro-tips below for dealing with common challenges such as anxiety, depression, or sleep, to help you out along the way.

Alternatively, try one of the free, anonymous self-screening tools at the bottom of this page to help you decide if counseling would be beneficial.

Adjustment & homesickness

Adjustment and homesickness iconChange is hard. That’s why you hear so many reminders like, “change is the only constant.” And missing our friends and family while braving a brand-new place all alone presents its own hardships.



Anxiety iconRacing thoughts. Gripping fear of failure, or of making a fool of oneself. It’s often said that more people are afraid of public speaking than of dying.


Coping in uncertain times

Coping with uncertain times iconWe are constantly bombarded with information—on our phones and other screens, in the buzz of our communities—much of which is unpleasant. And to be in classes exploring difficult topics, too. It’s a lot to manage.



Depression iconWe 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… this sounds like depression.


Grief & loss

Grief and loss iconAs social animals, we are hardwired for connection with others. Losing someone we love is excruciating, and creates a range of responses and emotions.


Self-care tips

Line art icon of a person showing compassion and care for themselfMaybe you just need a refresher on self-care to up your game. Check out these quick and easy things you can do throughout the day to help yourself function at your best.


Sleep issues

Sleep issues iconTossing and turning. A busy mind. Thoughts spinning endlessly. Wide awake at four a.m. Or, maybe no amount of sleep is enough. For such an essential function, sleep is shockingly elusive.



Stress iconExams. Papers. Social pressure. Events back home. Roommate trouble. Money worries. The list goes on. The stressors we face in our lives today are wildly different from those of our ancestors, and yet we have the same basic tools to work with.


Substance use

Substance use iconIs 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 for you.


Online self-screening


Ulifeline offers you a quick and easy tool to help you determine if you might benefit from counseling. Go to Ulifeline and use the Self Evaluator (green button in the menu at the top of the screen). Answer a few quick questions about depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or substance use.

Go to Ulifeline

Penn State self-assessment

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

Take the self screen

These self-screening tools are completely anonymous. No one sees them but you. Results are not monitored by any mental health professionals. Call 911 in an emergency or get info about support for crises.