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 Center
A free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together.

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.”

Information on the most commonly used drug in the world.

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.

Choosing an Alcohol Rehab Center
This website provides information about the various factors to consider when considering treatment. Factors of consideration include Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcoholism, Types of Treatment Options, Determining Your Specific Needs, Cost and Program Effectiveness.

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

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

New Directions for Women
Provides services for individuals who struggle with alcohol and chemical dependency. Services include Residential, Intensive Sober Living, or Intensive Outpatient programs to heal and transform lives.

The Real Facts About Drugs & Alcohol
A comprehensive alcohol and drug education and resource guide.

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

True Recovery
True Recovery’s model of treatment seeks to provide a real transition into life for the client. Small groups, small caseloads, advanced psychological and psychiatric techniques, and truly evidence based therapies create the individualized care that all clients receive at True Recovery.


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


A comprehensive website providing information on General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety and Phobias.

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.

Healthy Diet Guidelines
The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations.

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 resource dedicated to providing information and treatment options to men and women suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other types of eating disorders.


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
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

Money Geek
Student Loan Stress & Mental Health:Recognize Signs & Get Help

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.

Promoting Student Mental Health
Expert Advise and School Resources for Understanding Disorders and Getting Help

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


California ProLife Council
A list of crisis pregnancy centers listed alphabetically by city.

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

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.

Vanguard Title IX
Links to Vanguard University’s own website regarding Title IX Policy, Making a Report and the Equity Grievance Panel Members.


Everyday Health
College Life: 10 Ways to Reduce Stress

Student guide to surviving stress and anxiety in college and beyond.

Student Guide to Balancing Stress
This guide will acquaint you with potential stress risks, management techniques, and student resources.


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.

Living Well
Center for Online Education – Student Health & Wellness Guide
Rutgers – 101 Health & Wellness Tips for College Students
U.S. News – How to Be Healthy in College

National Wellness Institute
The Six Dimensions of Wellness.

liveWell: A Healthy Foundation for Life is an online, multimedia program designed to help college students improve their exercise, eating, and stress management habits.
Everything you wanted to know about sleep, but were too tired to ask.

Veteran Resources
County Behavioral Health Services and resources. Resources and services include “Drop Zone”, VSO, court support and more.

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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