Practicing Self-Care in High School, College & Beyond
Thinking in particular about some of our core values like Invaluable, Reciprocal, and Empathetic, we recognize that practicing self-care is a vital part of everyday life, especially for those of us from communities that must confront historical traumas daily.
This page will be periodically updated with resources regarding self-care. This way, as our CUUB students navigate high school and prepare for college, they will always have access to resrources to help them deal with any stressors or challenges that may appear on their paths.
Finding Help at Home
Our office assistants and campus partners have helped us compile a list of resources that our CUUB students can access in their home communities or online. These services offer many different kinds of support, including mental health, substance abuse, and domestic abuse services.
There are certainly other organizations that can offer support, and we will be updating this list periodically, but download the list here for a helpful starting point.
Identifying Your Campus Support Offices
One of the first steps new college students should take, before ever setting foot in a college classroom, is identifying their campus's offices of support. Each campus has a different name for these types of offices, but every college campus is equipped with the resources you will need to deal with issues as they arise, ranging from the academic to the personal and beyond.
Knowing where to go before an issue comes up can really make all the difference in the world. Here at CU Boulder, the first place students will want to turn to is the Student Support and Case Management Office. Student Support and Case Management works with students on a case-by-case basis to identify their issues and direct them to the specific campus office that can help them with what they're going through. Regardless of the student's issue (whether it's dealing with a difficult professor, or learning how to take a medical leave of absence, or getting help with substance abuse, etc.), SSCM will point students in the right direction.
During the Summer Academic Institute, CUUB offers all of its participants free counseling sessions through its partnership with the Raimy Psychology Clinic. We also have our own on-call school counselor who can help students in a variety of ways. These resources are tremendously helpful and encouraged for all participants. Even if we think we don't need it, or if we are hesitant to try it, everyone needs someone to talk to. The trained specialists who partner with CUUB each year can provide students with the tools, practices, and support they need to deal with anything from homesickness to traumatic events.
CU Boulder also recently launched "Don't Ignore It," which brings together all of CU's support resources to make it easier to find things, in order help create a welcoming and non-discriminatory campus for everyone. You can learn about these offices by following the links, but remember: it is absolutely important to familiarize yourself with your campus's support offices before starting your coursework. We all need a helping hand sometimes, so be sure to learn where you can go to get the support you need.