Even if you’re feeling well and happy, there is no reason to ignore your mental health. In fact, there are hundreds of reasons to start being attentive to it! Here are just a few:
- Better mental health leads to better physical health.
- Better mental health leads to increased productivity, focus, and finances.
- Better mental health leads to less stress in relationships with family, friends, and partners.
- Better mental health leads to a longer and happier life.
So what can you do to improve your overall mental health? Luckily, the University of Maryland has some incredible resources that are available to you! Check out our Spotlight on Campus Resources for a slideshow.
For instance, the Health Center provides monthly opportunities for you to meet and interact with therapy dogs through the “Wags for Wellness” program, as well as times for weekly group-meditations. There are offices in the Health Center that cover everything from medical concerns to issues with alcohol, sleep, stress and nutrition. In Marie Mount Hall, you’ll find the LGBT Equity Center, which offers connections with people, organizations, and leadership opportunities in the LGBT community. There’s also the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office in the Stamp, which provides opportunities to connect with likeminded people on important social issues.
The list goes on! The Hearing & Speech Clinic in LeFrak provides support for autistic students through the SIGNA program, vocal training for trans students, and accent modification for international students. The Counseling Center offers one-time workshops and longterm group therapy, which you can find on their website, as well as “Rainbow Walk-In” hours for members of LGBT groups and racial minorities. Additionally, at the Counseling Center you can find Accessibility & Disability Service (ADS): if your ability to attend or participate in class is impacted by a physical or mental health condition, ADS may be able to provide support or resources.
Of course, if you’re a residential student, you’ll also have your RA, your Resident Director, your Community Director, and your Residential Case Manager to help navigate resources and figure out what options might be positive experiences for you.
Check out our list of UMD mental health resources for immediate and therapeutic care, as well as our list for longterm support and mental health-adjacent resources.
Feel free to reach out, and find out what can help you live your healthiest and most successful life at UMD!