External Articles, Apps, & Tools

We are always researching new articles, tried-and-true techniques, and helpful toolkits and apps for dealing with mental health, stress, wellness, and self-care. Whenever we find something that might be helpful, we try to add it here!

Look around, and hopefully you’ll find something that is useful to you.

Got suggestions for a new app or article we can add here? Email dcalandr@umd.edu.

WellTrack – New Counseling Center wellness app offering!

How To Remain Calm in Emotional Situations (HealthyPlace.com)
Many people think of the ability to remain calm in emotional situations as inborn temperament. However, the knack for staying calm despite feeling strong emotions is a skill that can be learned and developed. […]

Sites to Break the Silence

  • It’s time we talked about mental health. OK2TALK is a community for young adults struggling with mental health problems to talk about what they’re experiencing, share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space.
  • Let’s Talk. If you have a story you’re willing to share, please do email me or submit on the website — it can even be anonymous. Your submission can be about your recovery, your current struggles, a piece of advice that helped you, a story about a friend who has suffered, or anything else you wish to share.
  • Mental Health Talk. This site is for you.  This site is about you.  This site is about giving a voice to those of us who have lived experience with mental health issues and want to speak out about it.
  • To Write Love on Her Arms believes you were created to love and be loved. People need other people. Your store is important. Better days are ahead. Hope and help are real.
  • Mental health problems are common. However, most people with mental problems can get better. Learn more at mentalhealth.gov
  • Need help but terrified to talk? Have residents or friends who would be much more likely to ask for help if they could text it? IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain. Sometimes picking up the phone is just too daunting. IMAlive is there to help.
  • On Friday, May 11, for every tweet sent with #BreakTheSilence18, every like and share of the Break the Silence video on Facebook and every like and view of the Break the Silence video on Instagram, Bruce Power will donate $1 to local mental health initiatives.

Helpful Apps for Healthy Habits

  • WellTrack: Now offered for free through the Counseling Center, one app for all your mental health needs: guided therapy for stress, anxiety and depression, secure sharing with your counselor, relaxation techniques & a vertual Zen room, daily mood tracking, and personal progress dashboard.
  • Personal Zen: A few minutes playing this ultra-simple game helps you focus on the positive in your daily life.
  • Breathe2Relax is a hands-on breathing exercise to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.
  • Take a Break! provides a 7-minute Work Break or 13-minute Stress Relief guided meditation with or without music or nature sounds.
  • Relax & Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold provides 4 free hypnotherapy recordings (with more available for purchase,) especially recommended for insomnia.
  • The Stop, Breathe & Think app will guide you through meditations that help you check in with yourself, practice mindful breathing, and enhance your perspective and calm.
  • Want more happiness in your life? Happify uses the science of neuroplasticity and positivity to help you train your brain. Its daily activities teach us to Savor, Thank, Aspire, Give, and Empathize toward a happier life.
  • Need to get control of your anxiety? Think of MindShift as your portable coach helping you face challenging situations and take charge of your life.
  • We could all use a little Optimism: Optimism helps you detect patterns in your mood, creating a way to identify triggers and other things that affect your mental health. Create a customizable wellness plan to chart your coping mechanisms, and update it as you come to have a deeper understanding of what you need to tackle your mental illness.
  • Understand your Anxiety: SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
  • T2 Mood Tracker records a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, head injury, stress, posttraumatic stress and a user’s general well-being. Users can also create items to track their progress in unique areas. The saved results are displayed in an easy-understand graph.
  • Mood 24/7 will ask you how you feel each day via a mobile text message. If you miss a message, Mood 24/7 will send you a reminder later. You can print your chart or share it online with friends, family, or a health professional.
  • Real progress one day at a time: Pacifica uses cognitive behavioral therapy combined with relaxation and wellness techniques, we believe in holistic daily tools aimed at breaking the anxiety cycle.

Substance Support

12-step programs (AA) are incredibly helpful for thousands of people struggling with addiction, and there are many ways to get connected. Our own Haven House is a great way to access meetings with other young adults dealing with similar pressures of college life.

But what if AA is not right for you? If you or someone you know struggles with the religious undertones of these programs, help still exists.

  • LifeRing: an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs. Peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed.
  • Smart Recovery: Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
  • Women for Sobriety: an abstinence-based self-help program which acknowledges the very special needs women have in recovery – the need to nurture feelings of self-value and self-worth and the desire to discard feelings of guilt, shame, and humiliation.

Spotlight on Mental Health Activism

There are so many ways to get involved in the quest for open conversation, equity in access to resources, and destigmatization of mental health. This slideshow gives you a glimpse of some of important work people just like you are doing. Get involved in the organizations they serve or explore the hundreds of others.

Spotlight on Campus Resources

The University of Maryland has so many resources, it can be overwhelming.

Remember, the Residential Case Managers are here for on-campus students, and we would be happy to help you access the best resources for you. We have also prepared this slideshow to review some of the most useful for you.