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Students encouraged to access well-being resources to reduce end-of-semester stress

The end of the semester is a stressful time for many students. Becoming overwhelmed with project deadlines, presentations and final exams can take a toll on mental and physical health. 

To promote overall well-being, WVU students are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of prevention resources and support services available across campus leading up to end-of-semester finals. 

Self-care

The Carruth Center provides self-care tips and online resources for students in addition to counseling, psychological and outreach services.

WELLWVU offers hands-on programs and resources to help students reduce stress. In addition to online information, like a time management plan, tips for better sleep and chillPACK daily activities, WELLWVU also provides in-person educational programs for student organizations upon request. Students can learn about the physical and mental health benefits of movement and nutrition and get tips for exercise and mindful eating on the WELLWVU website. 

Participation in regular physical activity can reduce stress and anxiety. WVU Campus Recreation maintains a full lineup of programs and services from group fitness to personal training, crafting and virtual classes. The WVU Medicine Wellness Program supports additional classes and programs, and BeWell offers mental health services to students on the Health Sciences Campus. Students enrolled in the College of Law and participating in intercollegiate athletics can access counseling services at convenient satellite locations on campus. 

Crisis and emergency services

Several resources are available for students to identify signs of distress in themselves and their peers, communicate with students in distress and connect with the appropriate services.

Mental Health 101 Training workshops, developed by experts in the Carruth Center, CARE Team and WELLWVU, will be held in-person and virtually throughout the rest of the semester to help individuals identify and intervene when a fellow Mountaineer is in distress. WVU Medicine’s Healthy Minds University partners with the Carruth Center to supplement and extend student mental health services. The Carruth Center offers Kognito training that helps build awareness, knowledge, skills and confidence when talking about mental health issues, preparing an individual to be a resource when someone is in need.

If there is concern about another student, and it is not an immediate crisis, submit a referral to the CARE Team. If it is an emergency situation or an immediate threat to self or others, call 911. Students should also be familiar with other 24/7 resources. Completing a CARE referral in lieu of emergency services could result in a delayed response. The CARE team is not staffed to provide emergency services. 

Student Health

Care providers at Student Health are available to assist with a range of non-emergency health conditions and preventive care. Appointments for vaccinations to prevent illness, diagnostic care and consultations for a variety of concerns, including substance use, can be scheduled by any WVU student. Walk-ins are also encouraged.

Quick tips for maintaining your well-being

From meditation, exercise and proper sleep to counseling, time management and tutoring, resources are available at WVU to help students support their well-being and build resiliency.

1. Stay active: Exercise produces stress-relieving hormones and doing activities you enjoy will help ease stress and lighten your mood. 

2. Eat well: Healthy eating, emphasizing fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein, strengthens your immune system and boosts energy and focus. Hydration is also vital to health and has been shown to decrease anxiety. If you need assistance, The Rack: WVU Student Food Pantry is available for all WVU students. 

3. Get enough sleep and relax: Adults generally need between seven and nine hours of sleep to be productive and stay healthy. Relaxation practices, like meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help reduce overall levels of stress to calm your mind during the day and help you fall asleep. 

4. Prioritize social interactions: Spending time with family and friends is good for the head and the heart. If you are experiencing anxiety, talking to a friendly face is an effective way to calm your nervous system.

5. Practice empathy: Be gentle and kind to yourself. Prioritize self-care and encourage others to do the same. If you feel overwhelmed, the Carruth Center can help develop a personalized care plan.