Mental Health Resources For Students

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month! 

Did you know that a significant 59% of college students, according to the 2022-23 Healthy Minds Study, are navigating one or more mental health challenges? As you balance family, life, and school, remember that you are not alone in this journey. Mental Health Awareness Month

At Boardman Training Center, we understand that your educational journey may also be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we want you to know that numerous virtual resources are available to support you during these times. 

During times of mental health crisis, it is crucial for students to have access to reliable support systems that offer confidential support around the clock. Helplines, text hotlines, and online chat services are available for students who need real-time counseling for those struggling. Below are three free support lines:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, Helpline offers free nationwide peer support for teens and young adults. Trained specialists are available to provide information, resource referrals, and support through calls, texts, chats, or emails. Support is available Monday through Friday, 10 am-10 pm, by any of the following methods:

Phone: 1-800-950-NAMI
Text: “Friend” to 62640
Chat Online here
Email: helpline@nami.org

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 support for people in distress. This free and confidential support system can be easily accessed by dialing “988” on your phone, sending a text message to “988”, or utilizing an online chat on their website.     

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides year-round support to those facing mental health or substance abuse disorders. This free and confidential service equips individuals and families with information on local resources, facilities, support groups, and more. SAMHSA’s National Helpline can be reached 24/7 by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or texting your zip code to HELP4U (435748).

Talkspace is an online therapy option that allows students to speak with licensed providers virtually. This can be especially beneficial for busy students or those living in areas lacking mental health support services. Talkspace’s network of therapists and psychiatric providers are experienced in many mental health conditions, treatments, and needs. 

Another virtual therapy option is BetterHelp. BetterHelp operates as an affordable membership service, providing access to video sessions, phone calls, and messages with a licensed therapist. This can be a helpful option for students whose insurance may not cover certain mental health services. 

Moodfit is a virtual resource that provides a comprehensive and customizable support plan. Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, this service equips users with tools such as mood journals, gratitude journals, mindfulness exercises, mental health assessments, nutrition, and more. While Moodfit offers a free and paid subscription service, new users can get a free trial of the premium features to decide if the app works for them before purchasing a year’s subscription. 

Calm is an app that provides audio and video content such as meditation, soundscapes, movement practices, and more. Utilizing the tools in the Calm app can help students better focus while doing schoolwork, reduce stress, get better sleep, and overall improve mental health. Try downloading Calm in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

The BTC Family Is Here For You!

While the journey of furthering your education can be stressful and overwhelming, the Boardman Training Center family wants you to know that you are not alone. If you are struggling with academic or personal issues, any member of the BTC team can help point you in the direction of resources you need to prioritize your mental health. 

By shedding light on mental health concerns during Mental Health Awareness Month, we can help erase the stigma behind seeking help. 

Join the Boardman Training Center family, where you will have support and guidance through your educational experience by requesting information today.