Mental Health Resources & Tips

Mental Health Resources Available to Students and Employees

BYU-Idaho offers a variety of remote mental health resources for students and employees. Resources and information available are outlined below.

BYU-Idaho Counseling Center

Individual, group, and couples counseling is available remotely to students. Contact the BYU-Idaho Counseling Center at (208) 496-9370 or visit the Counseling Center page for more information.

FEAR-less Emotion Management

Tuesdays beginning September 21st through December 7th (NO Workshop on October 12th)

A 45-minute workshop held in the Manwaring Center 176B with Dallas L. Johnson, Ph.D., at 2:00 p.m Tuesdays beginning September 21st through December 7th (No workshop on October 12th).

In this workshop, you will learn how the brain and body respond to real and perceived physical and emotional threats. This response is sometimes called the fear response and often contributes to the development of anxiety, depression, trauma, and suicide ideation. You will learn strategies to better manage this fear response in order to improve your overall well-being. You can also learn more about this approach by going to the free website https://sites.google.com/view/fear-less (please note the fear-less website and content is the sole responsibility of Dallas L. Johnson and not the University).

Anxiety and Stress Workshop

Wednesday beginning September 22nd through December 8th (No Workshop on October 6th)

A 45-minute workshop held in the Manwaring Center 176B with Ben Rolph, LMFT, held at 3:15 p.m. each Wednesday beginning September 22nd through December 8th.
This workshop is geared helping toward helping individuals learn healthy ways to manage and reduce physical, mental, and emotional tension in a variety of settings and situations using the art of acceptance, and invitation.
*Note: Please be aware that workshops are not therapy. They are self-help classes. If you are looking for personal mental health therapy or personal advice please contact the BYU-Idaho Counseling Center ( 208-496-9370) to schedule to meet with a mental health provider. If you need emergency help please refer to the crisis box on the previous page.
 

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

Students and employees have full access to Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). TAO is an online self-help program that aids in improving mental health. This online program offers 8 models of dealing with mental wellness topics. For more information on what TAO offers, please refer to the Therapy Assistance Online page.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is in 174 of the Hart Building and provides fitness, nutrition, and wellness consultations. Walk into the center or call (208) 496-7491 to schedule an appointment. It is open Monday and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Additional information about services, programs, and workshops is available on the Wellness Center page.

THRIVE is a nine week program focusing on fun, positive interventions to help with depression and anxiety. Participants will learn content and apply it using experiential learning. Some of the topics include nature, physical fitness, nutrition, relationships, technology, and meaning. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7-8:30pm. Program runs September 21 - November 23. This programm is face-to-face and masks are required.Visit THRIVE: 9 Week Program to register.

Peer Mentors

Your fellow students can also be an important resource and support. To connect with a Peer Mentor, visit the Peer Mentoring page for additional information or to request assistance.

Social Activities and Events

Even with physical distancing and other safety protocols in place, getting outside, being physically active, and interacting with others can benefit your mental and emotional wellness. For additional information, visit the Activities and Involvement Center in Manwaring Center 101 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or visit the Activities and Involvement Center page.

 

Tips for Coping Emotionally with the COVID-19 Pandemic

To view President Russell M Nelson's recent Message of Hope, please see: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-message-covid-19

This is a trying time for everyone, full of uncertainty and concern.  Practicing these strategies may be helpful in building your emotional resilience as we patiently wait for this state of emergency to pass. These strategies are a collection of ideas shared by therapists across the country:

  • Stay informed and obtain information (in small doses) from reliable sources (CDC, WHO, local public health).  Information can help you make educated decisions and has been shown to reduce anxiety.  We do not recommend watching the news or reading articles for extended periods of time as this may increase anxiety. 
  • Create a routine – predictability creates a sense of calm.  This is especially important if working from home, when children are out of school or when self-isolating to avoid exposure. 
  • Practice daily movement and activity – regular physical activity promotes health, provides a healthy coping strategy and can boost immunity.
  • Maintain connection with friends and family – with social distancing and self-isolation efforts, loneliness can creep in.  Find safe ways to connect with others – phone, FaceTime, email, text, letter, social media, and outdoor activities can all be good options.
  • Build simple pleasures into your day – the media is full of bad news and our lives have been disrupted.  Create balance by adding small moments of pleasure into your day.  Things like sitting in the sun, fresh-cut flowers, listening to music, funny videos or a favorite treat can go a long way in adding bursts of joy to your day. 
  • Practice daily relaxation and self-soothing activities – deep breathing, music, yoga, prayer, meditation, hot bath/shower, aromatherapy, a blanket and a good book or time with pets are all examples.
  • Practice good self-care – choose healthy foods, limit alcohol and caffeine, maintain a sleep routine, and do a regular activity.
  • Avoid obsessive or ruminating thoughts – thinking over and over about what could happen or other “what ifs” have been shown to drive up anxiety. Try to maintain perspective, the vast majority of people who contract the illness develop only mild symptoms. 
  • Practice good stress management strategies – stress has a negative impact on immune function. Identify healthy coping skills, problem solve, focus on things you can control instead of what you can’t.
  • Talk about your concerns and practice active listening with others - Just being heard can be very calming.  Practice compassion for yourself and others. 
  • Connect with your values – choose to behave in ways that are consistent with your core values like compassion, generosity, patience, connection, productivity, respect, creativity, gratitude and others.
  • Practice psychological flexibility – this is an important quality for resilience and psychological health.  During challenging times, you need to adapt and adjust to changing information and conditions. 
  • Engage in creative expression – art is a great way to relieve stress and express emotions.
  • Be mindful - Periodically stop.  Listen to your breath.  Calm your thoughts.  Pay attention to the birds, wind and leaves.  Connecting with your breath and with nature can help reduce your heart rate and your stress. 
  • Let go of perfection- During challenging times, things will not always go as planned.  Setting expectations that are too high set you up for frustration and stress. 
  • Have family conversations about expectations - Sometimes increased togetherness can be challenging. Being clear about the expectations of members during social distancing and isolation can help prevent conflicts.  When conflicts do occur, practice assertive communication using the Fact, Feeling, Fair request format. 
  • Look for ways to build hope and optimism - Remember, humans are very resilient creatures, and this too shall pass.  Throughout history people have faced adversity (wars, famine, disasters, loss) and survived - we will too. 
  • If quarantined or self-isolated, take the opportunity to do things you seldom have time to do - Read, practice creative arts, play games, learn a language or instrument, write letters, watch movies, review old pictures, clean closets, try new recipes or explore new pass times. 
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