Resource and Referrals
"So many of us are affected by suicide. Yet we struggle to talk about it as a community, and many of us struggle alone with suicidal thoughts. So, we asked students on the Brickyard, "What is your story? How have you been impacted by suicide?" We found out that students had powerful stories to tell, and that silence is part of the problem. Many students have broken the silence with their stories of struggle and resilience, and here we feature three of them.
We know that suicide can be scary to discuss. There are resources to support you. If you need help, reach out. For yourself, or someone you know."
Self-care for Activists
CAPS provides a safe space for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of the election. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the semester including:
- Acknowledging your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
- Focusing on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitoring your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day
- Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus
- Contact the Bias Education and Resource Team (https://myusf.usfca.edu/bias) if you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence
- Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
- Check our website for additional support and resources
Seven Affirmations to Have a Positive Start to Your Day
- I make plans but I remain flexible and open to the surprises that life has in store for me. I try to say yes as often as possible.
- I cultivate patience and by doing so I also cultivate self-confidence.
- I welcome the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, and I do not let myself be guided by fear.
- I love myself unconditionally because it is essential to my happiness. I love the person that I am and I do not need other people's approval to accept myself fully.
- I am going to drink water, eat frutis and vegetables, walk, take the stairs, and exercise. Today I am nurturing (giving love to) my body.
- I give everywhere I go, even if only a smile, a compliment, or my full attention. Listening is the best gift I can give to those around me.
- I try to be impeccable with my word. I speak only to spread positivity. It is counterproductive to my happiness to speak against myself or against others.
USF Campus Lifeline
Campus Lifeline assumes that each of us has a responsibility for promoting our individual and collective safety. To help us fulfill that responsibility, Counseling and Psychological Services has developed a brief but important PowerPoint presentation about suicide and violence on campus. The 10-minute presentation covers specific mental health issues and identifies campus resources. Please be informed and effective members of USF Campus Lifeline and consider saving the presentation on your desktop so that it is available for future reference.
The Me Too Campaign was created to promote and enhance a supportive campus climate here at Duke University. The Me Too Campaign provides space for students to share their fears, strengths, stories, feelings, and experiences, as well as to start community conversation about the very real experiences of its members
Dealing with the effects of trauma
- Care for yourself by eating well, exercising, and rest when needed. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and depressants such as alcohol
- Seek out comfortable, familiar surroundings and avoid spending too much time alone.
- Share your trauma with those you trust. Feel free to set boundaries with people who have not been helpful in the past.
- Don’t be anxious if reactions from past traumas reemerges even though you may have felt those issues were resolved
- Give yourself time to recover. Difficulties with concentration, memory, or decision-making are common but short-term reactions. Focus on concrete, easily achievable tasks.
- Remember that difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of being “hyper-alert” are common and will diminish in time.
- Avoid personalizing or taking responsibility for how others respond to the traumatic event. Do not compare or measure your reactions to those of other people-- each individual’s experience is unique and personal.
- Communicate your feelings clearly. Others may not know how to respond to you appropriately. Let them know which responses are helpful and which are not.
- Be mindful of how the media reports affect you. While having information is helpful for some crises, some people may want to limit how much they read, listen to or watch the news.
COMMON REACTIONS TO TRAUMA:
- Change in appetite
- Change in sleep patterns
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle Tension
- Shallow, rapid breathing
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsafe or vulnerable
- Guilt / Frustration
- Shock or numbness
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Difficulty remembering the details of an event
- Behavioral Responses
- Angry outbursts
- Decreased energy/ambition
- Fear of being alone
- Increased use of alcohol or medications
- Marital/Relationship conflict
- Withdrawal from others