Self-Help Resources

The following are links to sites which may contain helpful information or resources for personal wellness or academic knowledge and research. The content of these links comes from a variety of sources, and the Counseling Center cannot guarantee the accuracy of all information contained in these links. The information contained in these links does not necessarily reflect the views of the Counseling Center or the University. Information conveyed over the Internet should never replace appropriate mental health care or sound judgment. When in doubt, contact a qualified professional.

In This Section:

Alcohol and Substance Use
Body Image and Eating Disorders
General Mental Health
Sexual Assault
Time Management
Wellness (Other)


Addiction Resource Guide
A comprehensive directory of addiction treatment facilities online.

Addiction Search
Information on substance addictions as well as Internet, gambling, and other forms of addiction.

American Lung Association
Information on smoking and how to quit, including, which promotes a smoke-free university campus.

Christian Recovery International
A coalition of ministries dedicated to helping the Christian community become a safe and helpful place for people recovering from addiction, abuse, or trauma.

Covenant Eyes
Internet accountability website.

Orrick Consulting
Academic Consulting and Treatment Advisory Services

Sex Addiction
Dr. Patrick Carnes’ resources for sex addiction and recovery.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Addiction and Health Coverage
Find out more information about the role your health coverage may play in treating your addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous
A website created and maintained by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
ACA is a twelve step, twelve tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.

Be Responsible About Drinking, Inc., “founded by the family and friends of Bradley McCue, a Michigan State University Junior who died of alcohol poisoning after celebrating his 21st birthday.”

Celebrate Recovery
The purpose of Saddleback Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles.” Newport Mesa Church, located directly next to VU hosts a Celebrate Recovery Group every Monday evening from 6:30-9:00 pm.

Covenant Hills Treatment Centers, Inc.
Christ-centered Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Facts On Tap
A comprehensive alcohol and drug education site.

McKinley Health Center: Caffeine
Information on the most commonly used drug in the world.

Narcotics Anonymous
NA is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Resources, referrals, research, surveys, and statistical data.

Recovery Connection
RCx is a comprehensive addiction treatment resource and drug rehab referral service.


Controlling Anger – Before It Controls You
American Psychological Association online pamphlet.


National Institute of Mental Health: Anxiety
Provides a brief overview of the symptoms and treatment of the major anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder; panic disorder; specific phobias; social phobias; obsessive-compulsive disorder; and post-traumatic stress disorder. Also lists organizations to contact for further information.

Body Image and Eating Disorders

The Bella Vita
Eating disorder treatment facility.

Gürze Books
Eating disorder resources.

McKinley Health Center: Nutrition
Healthy diet guidelines.

National Eating Disorders Association
Dedicated to eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.

Remuda Ranch
Remuda Ranch provides intensive inpatient programs for women and girls suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and related issues. Biblically based programs offer hope and healing to patients of all faiths.

Renfrew Center
Website for “the country’s first residential eating disorder treatment facility.” Many useful pamphlets and other information.


A Forever Recovery
Understanding and spotting signs of depression.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
“To improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.” Great resource for information on mood disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health: Depression
This brochure gives descriptions of major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It lists symptoms, gives possible causes, tells how depression is diagnosed, and discusses available treatments.

National Institute of Mental Health: Depression In Men
This site is specifically dedicated to men’s experience of depression.

National Foundation for Depressive Illness, Inc.
A foundation that informs the public about depressive illness and its treatability and promotes programs of research, education, and treatment.

General Mental Health

Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students

Active Minds
Active Minds is the nation’s only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of college students.

American Psychological Association Help Center
Information on topics such as psychology at work, the mind/body connection, family and relationships.

American Psychological Association – Public Site
Resources for the public on a variety of mental health topics.

The Bacchus Network
The BACCHUS Network™ is a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. It is a non-profit organization that promotes student and young-adult, campus and community-wide leadership on health and safety issues.

California Psychology Resource Information System
Articles, online screening tools, and other mental health information.

Expert Consensus Guideline Series
Informational pamphlets for patients and families on a variety of mental health topics, including bipolar disorder, dementia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-partum depression, PTSD, and schizophrenia.

Healthy Minds
American Psychiatric Association website devoted to college mental health.

Mental Health Resources for College Students

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

National Institute of Mental Health
Working to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior.

National Mental Health Association
The National Mental Health Association is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

An online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well-being.

University of Chicago Virtual Pamphlet Collection
Psychoeducational pamphlets produced by various counseling centers on a variety of mental health topics, including anger, cults, depression, disabilities, eating disorders, relationships, sexuality, study skills, etc.

Wright State University Online Brochures
Cover a variety of topics including alcohol, anger, test anxiety, trauma, violence, chronic pain, and others.


Alternate Avenues
Women’s Resource Center and Early Pregnancy Care Clinic.

LivingWell Medical Clinic
“Founded in 1985, LivingWell Medical Clinic is a non-profit, non-political organization that is committed to serving women, men, teens, parents, and all those involved in a circumstance where a pregnancy is unplanned or unwanted. Our goal is to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those seeking our help.”

Sexual Assault

Campus Outreach Services
Provides approaches to dealing with the issue of sexual assault.

Men Against Sexual Violence
“It is necessary that we as males of all ages recognize that we need to take part in the struggle to end sexual violence.”

Project Sister
Local sexual assault crisis and prevention services.


McKinley Health Center: Stress
Stress management strategies for the college student.

Six Myths About Stress
An APA online brochure.

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point provides an educational tool designed to enhance your knowledge about stress.


American Association of Suicidology
Dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide.

Centre for Suicide Prevention
Resources for information, training, and research.

The Jed Foundation
The mission of The Jed Foundation is to reduce the suicide rate among college and university students across the United States.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Resources and information; maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Time Management

Sites to Promote Academic Success
A sampling of Web sites that provide tips to help you manage your time, take better notes and study more effectively, work on your memory, take tests, and handle the stresses of college life.

Wellness (Other)

Boundless Webzine
Online Christian magazine devoted to discussion of issues commonly encountered by college students.

Lifescan Health Risk Appraisal
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point online quiz to assess health risks you might be taking each day.

LiveWell Assessment
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point online quiz to assess positive health behaviors.
Everything you wanted to know about sleep, but were too tired to ask.

Wright State University Self-Help Checklists
Online questionnaires to help you to evaluate whether you might have significant concerns in such areas as depression, test anxiety, social anxiety, overspending, etc.

These links were compiled with the help of Azusa Pacific University’s Counseling Center. They are intended to direct students and members of the Vanguard community to helpful resources.

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